Fisk and Crawford Power Stations Close, at Long Last

This week the long-outdated and notoriously-polluting Fisk and Crawford coal-burning power stations on Chicago’s Southwest Side closed, after years of community-based protest about the hazardous emissions both plants released into the city’s atmosphere in two of the biggest predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods of the city. This milestone represents a significant victory for city residents, local environmental activists, and progressive political leaders who had been advocating for the plants’ closure for years.

You can read an account that is both personal and scholarly about this development on former SUST professor Carl Zimring’s blog. We also recommend the brief essays by SUST 210 undergrad students Nicole Burns and Patrisia Ramirez, who covered the impending Fisk and Crawford closings when they were announced last winter for the Schaumburg’s Sustainable Future website and blog.

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