11 Aug '11, 11am

Replacing a crappy old coal plant with green urban development: today D.C., tomorrow

Replacing a crappy old coal plant with green urban development: today D.C., tomorrow

Just outside D.C., there's an iconic battle underway, pitting the dirty old 20th century vs. the clean, green urban 21st century. Here's the deal: Just south of Reagan Airport, on the Virginia shore of the Potomac River, sits the Potomac River Generating Station , a coal-fired power plant. The PRGS is everything terrible about the U.S. coal fleet wrapped into one toxic whole: It's 60 years old, past its planned lifespan. It doesn't have any modern pollution controls. It runs at 20 percent capacity, but that's enough for its pollution to kill 37 people and cause over 600 asthma attacks every year. It has been fined as recently as May of this year for numerous violations of its Clean Air Act permit. And to boot, this ancient, filthy piece of history is squatting on 25 acres of incredibly valuable urban land. The obvious solution is to shut it down. D.C. Mayor Vince Gray expr...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/coal/2011-08-11-replacing-a-crappy-o...

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