Putting the Brakes on the Coal Rush
Sierra Club volunteers and staff from coast to coast have been championing clean energy in the face of an unprecedented rush by Big Coal to build hundreds of new coal-fired power plants around the country. From Alaska to Arizona and K.C. to D.C., a combination of grassroots activism and hard-nosed legal work have helped deal Big Coal a series of setbacks in recent months. In October, state regulators in Kansas denied an air permit for Sunflower Electric's massive proposed coal plant; in August, a Kentucky judge ruled that Peabody's proposed Thoroughbred plant would be a threat to public health; and in June the Florida Public Services Commission rejected a request by Florida Power & Light to build one of the largest coal-fired plants in the United States.
Earlier this year, TXU Corporation announced it was scrapping plans for eight of its eleven new proposed coal plants in Texas; the Sierra Club teamed up with tribal leaders to fight a proposed coal plant on Navajo lands in New Mexico; and in Illinois the U.S. EPA's Environmental Appeals Board overturned a permit for a huge coal-fired plant near Chicago, less than three months after the City of Springfield and the Sierra Club reached an historic agreement that the city will retire one of the nation's dirtiest coal plants in the nation and invest $4 million in efficiency and pollution controls. Read about more of the Sierra Club's recent victories in its efforts to stop the coal rush.