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Coal's slipping grip : New England, virtually coal-free, leads the way

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  • Teresa Binstock
    /Special report: Coal s slipping grip/ New England, virtually coal-free, leads the way
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 1, 2013
      /Special report: Coal's slipping grip/

      New England, virtually coal-free, leads the way

      By Lindsey Konkel Environmental Health News and The Daily Climate
      Part one of two

      BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Tiffany Mellers jogs behind her two daughters as
      they pedal their bikes along a ribbon of packed sand along Long Island
      Sound. "They are good girls," Mellers said. "They deserve a healthy
      life." Behind them, a 500-foot tall candy-stripe smokestack, a fixture
      of Bridgeport's waterfront for nearly five decades, rises in the
      distance. A third generation of residents is now growing up in its shadow.

      But today this old giant is merely a vestige of the region's coal-fired
      past. New England is virtually coal-free.

      For some, the red-and-white stack of Harbor Station conjures memories of
      a prosperous industrial past. But for Mellers, it's a reminder that this
      largely poor and minority city has borne a heavier pollution burden over
      the past half-century than its wealthier neighbors.


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