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Lakeland power plant ranked among worst in NAACP report
Lakeland power plant ranked among worst in NAACP report

Lakeland, FL -- A new national NAACP report identifies five coal-fired power plants in Florida as among the most harmful in the nation for low-income communities and communities of color.

On Friday, June 24, the NAACP will hold a “teach-in” in Tampa to educate community members and urge for the plants to be shut down.

‘Coal Blooded: Putting Profits Before People’ analyzes emissions and demographic factors - – including race, income, and surrounding population – to calculate “environmental justice scores” for the nation’s 431 coal-fired power plants.

Five Florida plants receive grades of “D+” or worse in the report:

  • C.D. McIntosh, Jr. (Lakeland, F)
  • Indiantown Power Plant (Indiantown, F)
  • Stanton Station (Orlando, F) – Grade: F)
  • Crist Power Plant (Pensacola, D-)
  • Central Power & Lime Plant (Brooksville, D+)

“Shutting down the 90 plants that scored an “F” would reduce U.S. power production by only 9.2% - which could easily be substituted by increased energy conservation and renewable energy production” stated Patterson. “It would also reduce the number of Americans living within three miles of a coal plant by 58.4%, therefore reducing thousands of hospitalizations, deaths, and incidents of illness in the affected communities.”

The event will be held at the Tampa Doubletree in the Azalea Room, located at 4500 W. Cypress St., from 5 - 9 p.m.

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