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Midwest Generation
PI Original
by Matthew Blake
4:29pm
Fri Jun 29

After Hearings, No Plans In Sight For Clean Up Or Reuse Of Coal Plant Sites

With an eye toward the potential shut down of all of its Illinois coal-fired power plants and a possible bankruptcy filing, the February agreement Midwest Generation made with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to close two coal plants on the Southwest Side increasingly looks like a good deal for the company, and not the ideal outcome for residents who live near the facilities.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
9:36am
Wed Jun 27

Community Members Discuss Future Of Fisk Coal Plant Site With Midwest Generation

Audience members offered a range of ideas at a city hearing last night about what to do with the site currently occupied by the 108 year-old Fisk coal-fired power plant in the Pilsen neighborhood, which closes this September. Some of the ideas included a park, funeral home, public market, trade school, and even a high school sports complex.

But all these visions will be stymied if the Midwest Generation company cannot find a buyer willing to not just build something new but also clean up, or remediate, the site.

“There is a huge marketing job ahead of us,” acknowledged Jean Pogge, CEO of the Delta Institute, the Chicago non-profit in charge of a task force Mayor Rahm Emanuel created to determine the site’s future. Read more »

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
5:17pm
Mon May 7

Accelerated Coal Plant Closings Have Community Advocates 'On Their Toes'

The closing date for the Fisk and Crawford coal-fired power plants was pushed forward to this September, which provides a sense of urgency for Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. The Crawford plant in Little Village was initially slated to close in December 2014, as set by a February agreement between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and plant owner Midwest Generation.

“It’s a lot sooner than expected and it has me on my toes,” says Rafeal Hurtado, an organizer at the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, or LVEJO. “People are taking it more personal now, thinking, ‘Okay, this is really happening.’”
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Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
7:43pm
Wed Apr 25

Emanuel Names Panel To Decide Future Of Power Plant Sites

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled today the members of a city task force empowered to decide what is to happen with the Fisk and Crawford coal-fired power plant sites when they go offline, as well as the best way to clean up pollution from the century old facilities.

The immediate question: What will become of the Fisk site in the Pilsen neighborhood, which plant owner Midwest Generation agreed to close by December. Read more »

PI Original
by Matthew Blake
10:37am
Thu Mar 1

Pilsen, Little Village Residents Cheer Coal Plant Closings

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s agreement yesterday with the Midwest Generation energy company to close the Fisk coal-fired power plant in Pilsen and Crawford coal plant in Little Village is a milestone for residents in the moderate-income, predominantly Latino neighborhoods.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
4:12pm
Tue Feb 21

Deadline Imposed In Negotiations Over Chicago Coal Plant Emissions

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Midwest Generation, owner of the Fisk and Crawford coal-fired power plants on the city’s Southwest Side, have given themselves a February 29 deadline to negotiate a settlement over the plants, according to Ald. Danny Solis (25th) at a City Hall press conference today.

There could finally be a resolution in the battle over the decades-long air pollution problem in the Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods that often left residents wondering if government would ever respond to the dangerous, even deadly, levels of both greenhouse gas and soot emissions at the plants.

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