Did you know?17% of Washington's energy still comes from dirty coal.
Our Bright FutureTransitioning from coal to renewable energy is a chance to create a safer, cleaner and healthier environment for Washington families. Washington has the clean energy resources to transition off coal.
Clean energy production creates up to four times as many jobs as coal. Coal stands as a roadblock to the creation of thousands of safe, local, sustainable jobs.In order to protect public health and the environment, we need to take this opportunity to move Washington beyond coal as soon as possible. Energy experts have found that we can transition off coal in five years, and that this will open the path to create thousands of clean energy jobs. Let's move Washington State beyond coal by 2015.
Get the facts: A coal-free Washington is possible.
TransAlta ejects approximately 300 pounds of mercury into the air each year.Facts about mercury and coal:
- The TransAlta coal plant is the state's largest source of mercury pollution, which causes brain
damage in unborn babies and new-born infants.
- Mercury is extremely toxic. Children, infants and fetuses are most vulnerable to this known neurotoxin. Mercury exposure causes developmental delay, permanent loss on intelligence, and clinical impairment on neurodevelopmental scales.
- Governor Gregoire has asked the coal plant to cut its mercury pollution in half, but that is unenforceable and falls short of the pollution controls needed to protect public health. Many states require coal plants to cut 90% of their mercury pollution, and the US Government Accountability Project has found that this is affordable and achievable in Washington too.
- Pollution from the TransAlta coal plant creates significant health impacts, including asthma, lung cancer and other respiratory issues.
- 2010.04.21Seattle to Receive $20 Million for Clean Energy Jobs, Home Energy Savings Federal Grants from Department of Energy Will Help Stimulate Economy
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