Neighborhood and environmental activists are celebrating as Chicago’s last two coal-fired electricity plants enter a three-month decommissioning phase. But the closings are leaving dozens of Midwest Generation workers without a job.
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.
A proposal for Chicago to regulate exhaust from coal-fired power plants may be dying. But the bill’s sponsor, Ald. Joe Moore, 49th Ward, says it will come back to life soon.Moore’s legislation is stuck in a joint City Council committee chaired by Alds.