Coal-burning Power Plant Shot Down


A state agency has shot down a plan to build the nation's largest coal-fired power plant near Everglades National Park.

The Public Service Commission voted unanimously against Florida Power and Light because the plant would cost more for its customers. Natural gas plants are cheaper to build than coal-fired plants, and produce less pollution than coal.

The move comes after both Gov. Crist and the National Park Service raised concerns about air pollution from the proposed power plant. Environmental groups had also argued the generator would increase greenhouse gases and release mercury into the air over the Everglades.

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