11 Aug '11, 8pm

How to Get Dirty Old Coal Plants to Disappear: Turn Them Into Parks, Waterfront Spaces

How to Get Dirty Old Coal Plants to Disappear: Turn Them Into Parks, Waterfront Spaces

To do so, outline a distinct vision for an alternative plan that's better for the economy, better for for public health, and better for the climate. And that's exactly what a group called American Clean Skies Foundation did in order to help make the case for closing down a dirty, 60-year old coal plant in Virginia. Here's Roberts : [ACSF] just released a plan called Potomac River Green, which would replace the plant with a residential and commercial development, a revitalized waterfront, and (the kicker) an energy museum/education center, all of it built to LEED standards. The demolition, remediation, and development would cost around $450 million but would produce myriad social and economic benefits, as detailed in this technical report [PDF]. Whereas the power plant supports about 150 jobs, the development project would create a total of 2,205 new jobs. Between 2015 and ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/08/dirty-coal-plant-...

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