Coal Plant Near Everglades Denied
The Sierra Club's Florida Chapter and Calusa Group (southwest Florida) celebrated on June 5 when the Florida Public Service Commission voted unanimously to deny a request by Florida Power & Light to build a 1,960-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Glades County. Chapter and group volunteers, attorneys with the Sierra Club's Environmental Law Program, and Club staff in the region have been fighting the proposed Glades Power Plant for several months. The plant would discharge more than 13 million pounds of carbon dioxide and 180 pounds of mercury a year, 70 miles from Everglades National Park. Calusa Group Chair Ellen Peterson, above, and Florida Chapter Energy Chair Joy Ezell spearheaded the Club's grassroots effort. Longtime environmental activist Peterson, who received her degree in chemistry from the University of Georgia in 1945, told the Southwest Florida News Press in late May that government and businesses in Florida should invest in renewable energy sources, especially solar. "We just don't need a coal plant--it's so scary," she said. "Glades County really needs to go toward tourism." Read more about clean energy.