Clean Power Lake
Lake County is known for
its beautiful forest preserves, wetlands, and lakefront. Many
people donít realize that it is also home to one of the dirtiest
coal plants in Illinois.
The Waukegan coal plant is the largest
emitter of sulfur dioxide in Lake County, spewing over 11,000 tons
of SO2into the air every year. Much of the SO2
becomes microscopic particles that penetrate deep into our lungs. In a study conducted in 2010 by the
Clean Air Task Force, the Waukegan coal plant contributes to 34
premature deaths, 54 heart attacks, 570 asthma attacks and millions of dollars in
The coal plant's contribution to climate disruption is
also staggering. It discharges 4.5 million tons of carbon dioxide from
burning coal every year.
Thank you if you have already sent in
comments in response to the alert in the last STREAM.
Sierra Club volunteers in Lake County, led by
the Woods and Wetlands Local Group, are launching a
campaign in the coming weeks to tackle air pollution and
revitalization of Waukegan's lakeshore. This weekend, on Saturday,
February 9th, from 11:00-1:00 pm we'll be hosting a volunteer meeting at
Christ Episcopal Church
to discuss the status of the Waukegan coal plant and how we can work
cooperatively to move our county toward a clean energy future. Can
you join us?
||Saturday, February 9th
||Christ Episcopal Church
||410 Grand Ave Waukegan,
||Ring the door bell and wait
to be buzzed in.
To get this campaign off the ground
we need you. Please join us on Saturday for a great discussion,
lunch, and immediate action items we can take to begin this exciting
Thanks for all you do. See you on
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