We Won -- Chicago's Filthy Coal Plants to Retire!
We did it! Say goodbye to two of the oldest and dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the nation. In an agreement made public today, the Fisk and Crawford coal plants which have been polluting Chicago neighborhoods for over 100 years will be retired.
Residents of Pilsen and Little Village have seen the devastating first-hand impacts of coal in their communities. This includes Peter, a six-year-old with asthma who lives less than a mile from the Crawford plant and whose story inspired Chicagoans to act. Regionally, the two plants have contributed to an estimated 42 premature deaths, 66 heart attacks, and 720 asthma attacks each year.
We didn't take no for an answer - thousands of Sierra Club activists and our allies called their alderman, sent messages to the mayor's office, delivered thousands of petitions, and marched in the streets to make this day a reality. After all of your hard work, Mayor Emanuel heard our voices loud and clear.
Thank Mayor Emanuel for standing up to big polluters and fighting for the right of all Chicagoans to breathe clean air.
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