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Purdue poised to cancel coal-fired power plant

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Purdue University is moving to cancel plans for a new coal-fired power unit that had been strongly opposed by environmental activists.

The school's board of trustees committee passed a resolution Thursday calling for canceling the $53 million Wade Utility Plant project based on financial and regulatory concerns. The full board was scheduled to vote on that proposal Friday.

Purdue vice president of physical facilities Bob McMains told the Journal and Courier of Lafayette that the estimated increase in the cost of fuel and expected future regulations for coal use and ash disposal made the plan unworkable.

Activists had said the project would worsen air pollution and breathing disorders around the West Lafayette campus.

School officials now want to replace the campus' aging coal boiler unit with a natural gas boiler.

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  • 21st Century
    Well that is good news. It's 21st Century and coal is a major source of carbon pollution. Why not turn the school scientist loose and invent/improve lets say methane.
  • Good
    Good, hopefully he does. Then when he is president, maybe he will let his oil buddies drill more oil so the price of gas does not keep going up like it did a couple years ago when it wrecked our economy! Maybe you activists will get a job, and not have time to talk up your global warming stupidity. Just maybe we can keep using oil and coal unitl alternatives are developed. Wow, what an idea..we continue to use the resources that our great God has blessed us with while our great scientists that our great God has blessed us with come up with alternatives.
  • Activists
    Haven't the activist already cost tax payers enough money? Everyone knows that we need to work on cleaning up our environmnet, but we need to use what we have available now while creating better solutions. These morons think that we should not use oil. Now, that our country has ban new drilling, we have to pay out the you know what for a gallon of gas. It also forces our country to rely on the Middle East for fuel. This is a great situation as well since they are so level headed over there! Thank you activists. Keep up the good work screwing up our nation.
  • Only a matter of time...
    I'm sure Mitch will step in to fund his coal buddies and open this pit back up!

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