New Southeast Side power plant reignites air quality concerns

September 16, 2011

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A new power plant on Chicago's Southeast Side has reignited concerns among residents about air quality in their neighborhoods.

Residents of the Southeast Side have faced pollution from nearby Indiana coal plants. The decision to shut down an aging plant in the early part of 2011 brought hope for fresher air. But a new plant reignited concerns--and several Southeast Side community groups have since joined forces. Cheryl Johnson, CEO and president of People for Community Recovery, is part of the alliance. She spoke to Eight Forty-Eight about the issues the new power plant raises on the Southeast Side.