WBEZ | crawford http://www.wbez.org/tags/crawford Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Committee to find new uses for Fisk, Crawford land http://www.wbez.org/news/committee-find-new-uses-fisk-crawford-land-98556 <p><p>A new committee put together by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to find new uses for land currently held by two local coal-fired power plants slated to close in the next two years.</p><p>Last February Midwest Generation agreed to shut down its Fisk plant, in the Pilsen neighborhood, and its Crawford plant in Little Village. Advocacy groups and community activists had been fighting for the closures for a decade.</p><p>Nelson Soza is a member of the new committee, and heads the Pilsen Alliance. He won't say what's been talked about in the meetings, but he said everyone seems to have similar goals of what the land could be used for.</p><p>"Certainly we want something that's hopefully will replace the jobs that are going to be lost, we want these to be green jobs or healthy jobs at least," Soza said.</p><p>Soza said he doesn't want the spaces to become future shopping malls, and housing is also likely off the table.</p><p>The committee also includes additional community members, a representative from Midwest Generation, two aldermen, one representative from labor, one representative from ComEd, and one economic development representative from City Hall. The group will be scheduling public hearings within the coming weeks to get community input.</p></p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/committee-find-new-uses-fisk-crawford-land-98556 Newly proposed EPA aims to curb toxic emissions from power plants http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-24/newly-proposed-epa-aims-curb-toxic-emissions-power-plants-86956 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-24/Fisk Flickr Carlyn Crispell.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency will host a <a href="http://www.epa.gov/airquality/powerplanttoxics/actions.html" target="_blank">public hearing</a> in Chicago. It'll focus on new proposed federal rules to curb dangerous air toxins, such as mercury and arsenic. If adopted, these would be the first federal limits to regulate these emissions under the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/air/caa/" target="_blank">Clean Air Act</a>.</p><p>The so-called toxins rule would apply to coal and oil fired power plants, including some located here in Illinois.<br> <br> To find out more, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to Janet McCabe, the Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the administrator with the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.<br> <br> And to get a sense for what the new rules would mean for local coal-fired power plants in and around Chicago, host Alison Cuddy also spoke to <a href="http://www.edison.com/ourcompany/mgmt_emg.asp?id=6776" target="_blank">Doug McFarlan</a>, the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications for Midwest Generation.<br> <br> Midwest runs a number of power plants in Illinois, including the Fisk and Crawford coal plants in Chicago.</p><p><em>Music Button: Bird Show, "Two Organs and Dumbek", from the CD Bird Show, (Kranky)</em><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 24 May 2011 13:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-24/newly-proposed-epa-aims-curb-toxic-emissions-power-plants-86956 Fate of Chicago coal plants could hang on election http://www.wbez.org/story/air-quality/fate-chicago-coal-plants-could-hang-election <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Fisk Smokestack.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>New leadership in Chicago&rsquo;s City Hall could reopen some old fights, including a long-standing battle over two power plants: Crawford and Fisk. In spite of lawsuits, regulations and politicking, the coal-fired plants still churn out electricity, and pollution.</p><p>Now a local ordinance to force them to clean up or shut down is getting a fresh look from officials and candidates. They&rsquo;re holding an unofficial hearing in the City Council chambers today. But just what would happen if they succeed remains a big question mark.</p><p>WBEZ&rsquo;s Gabriel Spitzer spoke with host Melba Lara to explain why the outlook for coal in Chicago may be about to change. &nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 17:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/air-quality/fate-chicago-coal-plants-could-hang-election