Children in the Southeast to Breathe Easier: 18 Coal Plants Shutting Down

These were the area's oldest, dirtiest coal plants. Good riddance.

People who like clean air scored a huge victory this morning: The Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation's largest public power company, agreed to shut down 18 coal-fired power plants, and install advanced pollution protection measures at another three dozen. The announcement is the outcome of a decade-long legal battle with various environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, a group of Southeastern states, and the E.P.A.

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