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Tell OMU to retire the Elmer Smith coal plant

The Elmer Smith generating station operated by Owensboro Municipal Utility (OMU) is a dirty, aging, coal-fired power plant. In fact, it is 49 years old (the average age of a coal powered generating station is 48 years old) and it is the fifth dirtiest coal plant in the state of Kentucky. It is time to retire this aging dirty coal plant that is located next to the Owensboro Regional Hospital and our Ohio River.

The cost of health care to Daviess County residents and the cost of strip mining to local neighborhoods is too high a price to pay for dirty air, water, and demolished landscapes. Thiteen percent of Daviess County residents suffer from asthma, and many more suffer from other respiratory conditions associated with coal-burning power plants. To make matters worse, OMU has contracted to pay for coal strip mined from the Pleasant Ridge community in Daviess County. This will harm the air, water and quality of life for the hundreds of Pleasant Ridge residents, hundreds of whom protested at fiscal court to stop plans to destroy their community. It is time for the city and OMU to invest in clean energy for a better future for Owensboro residents.

Our Mayor and City Commission control the fate of Elmer Smith. They can direct OMU to retire it and replace it with clean energy.

Tell Mayor Ron Payne and the City Commission it's time to retire Elmer Smith. Here's how:

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    • Mayor Ronald 'Ron' L. Payne
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Retire the Elmer Smith coal plant

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