Penn State University is moving forward a request from university administrators for funds to convert the West Campus Steam Plant off coal, making it the newest school to make such a move the wake of an active Sierra Student Coalition Campuses Beyond Coal campaign. The request was slipped into the Board’s agenda after a year-long student campaign urging the university to stop burning coal at the plant which sits right in the middle of the flagship campus, and was helped along by strong new EPA regulations that will require several campus coal plants to clean up their acts.
The pending EPA rule targets industrial boilers, such as those on many campuses including Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Indiana University, the University of Iowa and several others. The new rules are designed to protect residents who live near and downwind from these coal plants. Specifically, the rule will substantially reduce emissions of toxic air pollution, like mercury, arsenic and cadmium, which can cause cancer, reproductive disorders and other serious health problems.
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