Activists Fight Coal, Plant by Plant

Environmental coalition claims to have killed 65 new facilities
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2008 1:41 PM CDT
Sunflower Electric Cooperative's coal-fired power plant in Holcomb, Kan. churns out electricity in this Feb. 2, 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, file)
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(Newser) – Environmentalists are taking aim at new, high-pollution coal-fired power plants, the Los Angeles Times reports. Whenever a new plant is proposed, lawyers from a coalition of organizations work on killing it any way that they can. "We hope to clog up the system," one said. "It's putting pressure on Congress to put together a comprehensive plan."

The coalition claims to have stopped 65 new plants from being built. "They are doing it in a way that is unfair," complains a lawyer for developers. Existing coal plants appear to be next on the agenda, the Times notes. "We'll need to find a way to go after them, too," says a lawyer at an environmental firm.