Some Southeast Side residents are scheduled to show up at noon today at the James R. Thompson Center to urge Gov. Pat Quinn to veto legislation for a proposed coal gasification plant.
Leucadia National Corp.'s plans for a $3 billion synthetic fuel plant at 115th Street and Burley Avenue have drawn opposition from a coalition of environmental, business and consumer groups.
Sandy Carter, a volunteer for the Sierra Club, says residents of the area see it as an "environmental justice issue." They think the plant -- and dust from coal that would be stockpiled there -- could cause health problems for an area that already is heavily industrialized.
Residents of the area want jobs, but "they want green jobs," Carter says.
On Monday, organized labor and Southeast Side officials rallied in support of the plant. Chicago Clean Energy, an initiative of Leucadia, says the plant is guaranteed to save consumers $100 million over 30 years.
Read a July 8 Sun-Times editorial about the plant here.
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