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Southeast Siders protest synthetic fuel plant

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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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As a mother who owns in the morgan park area near 115th street (this location is not far from Morgan Park by the way) I DO NOT WANT TO BREATHE TOXIC COAL PLANT AIR!!! If u are similarly affected, I urge u to write your local representatives. It will take an awful lot of the voices of "ordinary folk" to sway will of a politician bending to the corporate dollar. It's a shame. So many children will be affected by these toxic plans. Generations growing up under the shadow of a coal plant.

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