Victory: Retirement of Potomac River Coal Plant
Just five weeks ago, Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City and Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune stood across from a coal-fired power plant on the Potomac River to announce a new partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies to move America Beyond Coal. Today, after years of hard work by local activists and concerned residents, GenOn Energy and the City of Alexandria announced that the plant will be permanently retired next year.
"Retiring this major source of pollution in our nation's capital signals a huge symbolic step toward moving the nation beyond coal," said Michael Brune. "Pollution from this plant has been making local residents sick since 1949 -- contributing to heightened asthma rates, respiratory illnesses, and other health problems. Retiring the Potomac River coal plant will mean cleaner air, cleaner water, and healthier children and families."