31 Aug '12, 2pm

Two major coal plants in Chicago ceased operation this week.

Two major coal plants in Chicago ceased operation this week.

Sunset at the Fisk coal plant in Chicago. (Photo by vxla .) Two major coal plants in Chicago ceased operation this week. From the Chicago Tribune : The Fisk power plant, in service since 1903, burned its final batch of coal Thursday while its sister plant Crawford shut down by Wednesday, ending Chicago’s run as the only major U.S. city with two coal plants operating in its borders. Their closings, confirmed by owner Midwest Generation, eliminate Chicago’s two biggest industrial sources of carbon dioxide emissions, which contribute to global warming. At their peak the plants supplied power to roughly 1 million homes. Both plants went into operation before the Clean Air Act (Fisk in 1968 ), allowing them to take advantage of a clause that grandfathered in existing plants and postponed pollution upgrades for decades. Here’s Businessweek from last year : Lawmakers gave Fisk, C...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/chicagos-notorious-fisk-and-crawfor...

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