Colorado City Contemplates Closing Coal-Fired Plant a Decade Ahead of Schedule

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Denver Post:One of the nation’s last coal-fired power plants in the middle of a city may shut down a decade sooner than planned as Colorado Springs leaders contemplate climate action and urban revitalization along a creek.This is happening as residents of Colorado Springs (pop. 465,000) increasingly raise concerns about sulfur dioxide (SO2) and other pollution. On Thursday, residents pressed state health officials to reject a proposal to declare the 80-year-old Martin Drake Power Plant “in attainment” of federal air quality standards for SO2, a toxic gas that mixes with other pollutants and hangs over the city against mountains, with the potential to cause asthma, heart disease and other lung problems after even brief exposure. Colorado Springs Utilities plant operators this year deployed “scrubbers” to clean emissions, and federal Environmental Protection Agency overseers this week said average monthly SO2 emissions decreased to 31 tons a month, down from 330 tons a month in 2015.But Colorado air quality control commissioners voted 8-1 against re-designating the 80-year-old Martin Drake Plant as a facility in compliance with federal air quality requirements, acknowledging public health concerns and calls for cleaner air.The air concerns coincide with brainstorming by the Colorado Springs council members and developers about using the site of the Drake plant, downtown along Fountain Creek, for green space and a museum celebrating the Olympics. For years, Colorado Springs has served as the home of the U.S. Olympic Committee and a training center for athletes.City council members have directed the municipal utility to analyze possibilities for ramping up the 2035 date for closing the plant to 2025, council president Richard Skorman told The Denver Post. And council members are mulling possibilities for shutting one of the two remaining generators in the plant sooner, by 2023, Skorman said.“Some of us would like to move it just because it is a huge blight on the downtown environment,” he said. “We have the ability to create a great green-way connection down there. … If we could move it out of downtown, we could use that site for urban redevelopment.”More: Colorado Springs still rolls coal in heart of city, but may shut Drake plant by 2025 as residents fume Colorado City Contemplates Closing Coal-Fired Plant a Decade Ahead of Schedulelast_img read more

McDowell secures Heritage title

first_img The Northern Irishman was four shots off the lead at the start of the final round but forced a play-off with a 69 from the closing 18 holes, finishing alongside America’s Simpson on nine under par. He then struck his approach on the extra hole to within 15 feet, two-putting for par. Simpson failed to match the feat when he missed from 10 feet, handing the 2010 US Open champion victory. Graeme McDowell has won the RBC Heritage in South Carolina, beating US Open champion Webb Simpson in a play-off. England’s Luke Donald and Kevin Streelman, of the United States, were tied for third – two shots behind McDowell and Simpson. McDowell’s victory came at the end of a day when strong winds meant just three of the 70 competitors finished with rounds in the 60s – Donald and America’s Russell Henley were the others. McDowell produced birdies at the fifth, 11th and 16th holes, before bogeying the 18th. Simpson’s 71 contained birdies at the second, third and 12th but bogeys on the fifth, eighth and 10th. Overnight leader Charley Hoffman, who went into the final round with a two-shot advantage, paid for a poor start. Bogeys at the fifth, ninth and 10th damaged his hopes, before he got a shot back on the 12th. However, his challenge ended with a double bogey at the 14th and dropped shots on the final two holes. Donald – recovering from a poor third round – enjoyed a fine start to his round to catapult himself into contention, with a run of four birdies in five holes between the second and sixth seeing him make the turn in 32. However, bogeys on the 10th and 13th – either side of a birdie on the 11th – slowed his momentum. England’s Brian Davis finished nine shots off the pace after a final-round 74, with compatriot Greg Owen a further five shots back after closing with a 75. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Steve Smith continues to be the supreme run-machine, creates new record in Lord’s Ashes Test vs England

first_imghighlights Steve Smith blasted his seventh consecutive 50+ score in Ashes Tests vs England.Smith blasted two centuries in the Edgbaston Test.Smith has hit 10 centuries against England. New Delhi: It is now proven. Steve Smith is a run-making machine and is the ultimate nightmare for England’s bowlers. In seaming conditions, swinging conditions and in flat conditions, Smith can score plenty of runs against the old enemy and he showed his prowess on the fourth day of the Ashes Test at Lord’s. Battling the conditions and with Australia five down, Smith produced a brilliant knock and registered his 25th fifty to tilt the balance once again in favour of Australia. However, in the process, Smith created a new record which further cemented his place as one of the modern day greats in Test cricket. Smith’s sequence of scores against England stretches back to the 2017/18 Ashes series which Australia won 4-0. The string of scores began in the Perth Test and has continued until the Lord’s Test of 2019. In the Perth Test, Smith slammed 239, followed by 76 and 102* in the Melbourne Boxing Day Test and 83 in the Sydney Test. In the Edgbaston Test, Smith slammed centuries in both innings while in Lord’s, he has gone past fifty for the seventh consecutive time. This has broken the previous record of six fifty-plus scores set by Michael Hussey in the 2009/10 period against England. Hussey had smashed 121 in the Oval Test in the 2009 series which Australia lost 1-2 and in the 2010/11 Ashes held Down Under, Hussey had scores of 195 in Brisbane, 93 and 52 in Adelaide while he smashed 61 and 116 in Perth. However, Australia lost the series 1-3. Smith’s feat of scoring two tons in the same Test has helped him surge to number three in the latest ICC Test rankings for batsmen. He has also gone past 900 points and he is behind Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson, who both have 922 and 913 points respectively. Speaking after scoring his century in the first innings, Smith had said he did not believe he would play cricket again during the 15 months he was away from the game. “There were times throughout the last 15 months where I didn’t know if I was ever going to play cricket again. I lost a bit of love for it at one point, particularly when I had my elbow operation. It was really bizarre that it was the day I got the brace off my elbow, I found a love for it again. I don’t know what it was, it was like a trigger that just said ‘right I’m ready to go again, I want to play and I want to go out and play for Australia and make people proud and just do what I love doing’,” Smith said.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more