“It’s good that IPL is moving to get rid of two units at this outdated, massive Super Polluter, but we can’t tiptoe our way out of the climate crisis,” Wendy Bredhold, senior campaign representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign in Indian
“Sierra Club and our allies will continue to push for the clean energy that Indianapolis residents demand and deserve, which must include a plan to fully retire Petersburg by 2028 and clean up its widespread toxic pollution. Anything less is a failure for our climate and our communities,” said Bredhold.
The Sierra Club, among the environmental groups that have referred to the Petersburg plant as a “super polluter,” in a statement said it was pleased with the decision to close two coal units at the plant, and said it would continue to push for IPL to stop using coal altogether.
Members of the Indianapolis City-County Council and the Sierra Club have urged IPL to go coal free and fully retire its Petersburg plant by 2028.
The Sierra Club hailed the Indianapolis-based utility’s announcement, but said it would push for IPL to stop using coal altogether.
“They know the ins and outs, they know the process,” he says. “They’ve seen 100 of these applications, whereas for a consumer, it’s probably their first one and it looks very, very daunting. And they walk you through that process step by step.”
The EPA proposal would set back deadlines for companies to close improperly lined ash ponds, said Jodi Perras, deputy regional director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign
“We can’t allow ourselves to forget the tragedy of the Holocaust, the sheer scope of it,” David Sklar, Assistant Director of the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council, said.
Justin Phillips, a mother who lost her son to a drug overdose, partnered with agency Venables Bell & Partners, to start the #chooseempathy movement. She founded Overdose Lifeline to raise awareness that addiction is not a choice and requires empathetic responses.
Mark Fairchild is with Covering Kids and Families, which helps people navigate Medicaid and other state health care programs. So far, he says many people haven’t asked about the changing requirements.