25 Apr '13, 12am

A big blow for Big Coal in Wisconsin

A big blow for Big Coal in Wisconsin

Under the settlement, filed in federal court in Madison on Earth Day, the utilities will be assessed a civil penalty of $2.45 million for alleged violations of air pollution laws over the years. … But the big-ticket item in the settlement is the nearly $1.2 billion the utilities are spending to keep the largest of the coal plants operating by adding more modern pollution controls. … By agreeing to stop burning coal at the Nelson Dewey plant in Cassville and two of the three boilers in Sheboygan, that means 590 megawatts of coal will be retired, or the equivalent of one large modern coal plant. Statewide, including other coal plant settlements, the Sierra Club estimates that over 1,500 megawatts of coal power have been retired, or about 17% of the state’s fleet of coal plants. “Over the last several years, Wisconsin has effectively begun to transition away from our oldest, ...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/one-more-wisconsin-coal-plant-to-sh...

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