Rally in Indy urges closure of aging power plant
June 1, 2013 3:12PM
Updated: June 1, 2013 11:36PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 150 people gathered in downtown Indianapolis for a rally calling for the closure of a coal-fired power plant that’s the city’s largest polluter.
WISH-TV reports members of the Sierra Club, NAACP, Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light and Citizens Action Coalition gathered outside the Indiana State Museum to urge Indianapolis Power & Light to retire its aging Harding Street power plant and invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The activists say U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data show the plant is the city’s biggest polluter, producing 88 percent of all toxic emissions from industrial sources in Marion County.
A giant, inflatable inhaler was used as part of the rally to dramatize the public health problems caused by emissions from coal-fired plants, including heart attacks and respiratory woes.