49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore and 25th Alderman Danny Solis are re-introducing the Chicago Clean Power Ordinance to the City Council. This Ordinance requires Fisk and Crawford to reduce their emissions of soot and global warming pollution. Why?
- Fisk and Crawford are two dirty and outdated coal-fired power plants in the City of Chicago. They pump thousands of tons of soot (particulate matter or PM) and millions of tons of global warming gases (CO2) into our air.
- Soot causes serious respiratory health impacts. The young, the elderly and those living closest to the plants are most at risk. Cutting PM pollution will reduce asthma attacks, chronic bronchitis, heart attacks, lung cancer and strokes caused by particulate matter pollution.
- Climate change, caused by CO2, will cause negative health and environmental impacts in Chicago. Reducing global warming pollution will significantly cut Chicagoʼs carbon footprint – keeping Chicago in the running for the ʻGreenest City in Americaʼ.
Existing state and federal laws addressing air pollution from these plants are inadequate to address this local pollution with local impacts. Pursuant to its home rule authority, the City can adopt regulations for the protection of the public health, safety and welfare of its residents. Chicago already has regulated air pollutants and particulate matter through its Air Quality Ordinance.
Limits on Pollution:
The Ordinance sets standards for both fine particle matter (soot) and carbon dioxide:
- PM/PM10 limit of .015 lb/MMBtu: This is a 90% reduction over the current PM/PM10 limit and equivalent to the standard that is widely set for new coal fired power plants.
- PM2.5 limit of .010 lb/MMBtu: The plants have no PM2.5 limit now; this PM2.5 limit is critical because fine particle pollution poses a very serious threat to the health (especially respiratory health) of local residents.
- CO2 limit of 120.36 lbs/MMBtu: This is equivalent to that of a natural gas plant.
You can download both a copy of the ordinance and summary by clicking on the links below:
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