Activists press OPPD to stop burning coal at north Omaha plant
:Coal fuels these turbines at the North Omaha Station. Critics contend that the coal-burning plant contributes to higher-than-average rates of asthma in northeast Omaha, a point challenged by OPPD. The utility says the plant will stop burning coal, or cut way back, by 2016 but can't afford to do that now.
Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 12:00 am
Depending on whom you talk to, those tall stacks jutting out of the north Omaha landscape are either part of a safe operation that's keeping your electricity rates down — or a health menace making its neighbors sick.
For more than a year, a small but vocal group of environmental and community activists has been pressing the Omaha Public Power District to stop burning coal at its North Omaha Station.
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