The Latest On: Coal
Shannon Fisk, Managing Attorney, Coal Program: “These units, while they certainly shouldn’t be operating long-term without pollution controls, the far better solution here financially would be for Rockport 2 to retire and be replaced by something that’s actually cleaner ... Regardless of what I&M and the owners manage to work out, our basic point is that customers should not have to pay for this, cecause for customers it would be cheaper for I&M or the owners or whoever to retire the unit and replace it with clean energy.”
An op-ed by Shannon Fisk, Managing Attorney, Coal Program
Ted Zukoski, Staff Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice: “Mining and burning more coal will mean more smog, more toxic mercury in the air, more needless methane emissions and more climate pollution. We’re going to continue to oppose coal mining that puts our forests, wildlife and climate at risk.”
Thomas Cmar, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice: "We think the record doesn’t support any stay of the rule, and we want the case to move forward; we want our claims to be heard, not just industry’s."
Thom Cmar, Staff Attorney, Coal Program: “Those arsenic numbers are off the charts. ... Their plan is basically, we’re going to dump some chemicals into the wastewater that will help the solid arsenic that might be in particle form settle out more effectively. So, the water will be clearer. It won’t necessarily be clean.”