NAACP plans "teach-in" in Tampa on dangers of coal plants

The national organization has produced a report called Coal Blooded: Putting Profits Before People, where it analyzes the emissions and demographic factors to calculate environmental justice scores for the country's 431 coal-fired power plans.

"Our report finds that coal power plants are disproportionately located in low-income communities of color, and Florida is certainly an egregious example of this nation-wide problem,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “The NAACP is committed to holding coal companies accountable to the communities where they do business.”

In the report (to be posted online later today). Five Florida plants receive grades of “D+” or worse in the report:

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


Tonight (Friday, June 24) the NAACP has announced that they will be holding a teach-in regarding five coal-fired power plants in Florida that they say are among the most harmful in the country for low-income communities of color.

The teach-in will be held 5pm-9pm at the Doubletree in Tampa, FL (4500 W. Cypress St., Tampa, FL 33607), in the Azalea Room, and speakers will include local environmental leaders and NAACP leaders. The event is part of an NAACP tour of plants with the worst environmental justice scores.

“Florida’s residents pride themselves on their vicinity to natural beauty, but many of them also count poisonous coal plants among their neighbors,” stated NAACP Director of Climate Justice Programs Jacqueline Patterson. “Across the state, these plants cast toxic shadows over low-income communities of color.”

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