Potomac River Coal Plant is Shutting Down in 2012

by Robert Gardner

August 30, 2011

For 62 years the Potomac River Coal Plant has been burning coal in Alexandria, VA. On October 1, 2012 (or hopefully sooner), the plant will cease its operations and the citizens of Alexandria can start breathing a little easier.

The announcement came today from the city of Alexandria after a deal worked out with the plant’s owner, GenOn.

With our coalition partners Sierra Club, Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light, we have stood united in our determination to shut this plant down. The work that has gone into this has made that a reality. Thousands of people have taken pushed to shut down this plant. Now the work of putting the riverfront to a better use can get done.

Here’s a video of recent actions by local and national environmental groups to shut down the Potomac plant:

One by one coal plants are falling throughout this country.

Potomac River Coal Plant is just the latest example of people rising up against polluters in their community. As this isn’t the only dirty plant GenOn owns, the campaign against them will continue.

The fight to Quit Coal will continue.

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