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

COVID-19: Rangers supporters kick against declaring Plateau United NPFL champions

first_imgRangers International Football Club Supporters Club has urged the League Management Company to ensure the completion of 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League immediately after coronavirus pandemic to determine the real winner.Ibuchukwu Nwodo, the Chairman of the club, said this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Saturday. Nwodo said it would be unfair to end the league midway.The league was suspended on March 18 due to COVID-19.Nwodo said the circumstance which led to the league suspension was not what somebody should take advantage of.He said: “I do not buy the idea of ending Nigerian league with Plateau United FC as the champions.“Hearing the General Manager of Plateau United asking the League Management Company to declare them champions after playing 25 matches when other clubs played below 25 matches, proved that they are not fit to be the real champion. “Plateau United was among the few clubs that have played 25 matches out of 38 matches with 13 remaining, while some clubs played 21, 23 and 24 matches as the case may be.“Thirteen to 17 outstanding matches per club are much to be swept under the carpet.”Nwodo urged the LMC and the Nigeria Football Federation to consult FIFA on the issue.He said: “FIFA has been working out modalities on how to fast track the league globally after the coronavirus pandemic.“The modalities, including having three breaks in a match and five changes in a match, are enough to play three matches in a week.” Nwodo said the LMC and NFF would not be fair to Rangers FC if they declare Plateau United winners of the league.He said: “We lost our prolific striker Ifeanyi George to a fatal accident while traveling home after NPFL announced suspension of our league.“Had it been that the league was on, Rangers management will not give them the break and he would he will not have thought of travelling.“It is better to finish the league to determine the true champions so that we can save our face at the continental contest come next season.”RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians NAN.Tags: COVID-19NPFL ChampionsPlateau UnitedRangers International Football Clubsupporters clublast_img read more