Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Congressman Rush Comments on Deal to Close Coal Fired Plants in Chicago

Feb 29, 2012
Press Release

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CHICAGO –  Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) released the following statement about the deal to shut down Coal-Fired Power Plants in Chicago.  Rush is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power in the United States House of Representatives:

“Finally we can breathe a sigh of relief that there appears to be an actual plan in place to close the two coal-fired power plants that have polluted the air in Chicago neighborhoods for so long.  The Fisk and Crawford Plants are archaic relics of a bygone era before science proved the negative health consequences of primary particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and the fine particle pollutants they form.  Kudos to Mayor Emanuel for closing the deal that will put these plants in mothballs once and for all.  It is a deal that has been many years in the works.  Closing these plants was a major issue that I fought for going back to my years as an alderman.  The City of Chicago owes a special debt of gratitude to Forty-ninth ward Alderman Joe Moore and the Chicago Clean Power Coalition who have been unwavering in their advocacy.  The result will no doubt be cleaner air and longer lives for our citizens.  The deal is a testament to what can happen when we join, as a community, in a determined effort to promote the public good.”