|IPL's Harding Street Station|
In front of a packed house, the committee heard from residents and interest groups across Marion County. IPL also had a chance to speak about its efforts to clean up pollution in the community.
Last Monday, a bi-partisan group of City-County Councillors announced efforts to bring the use of coal to an end at the IPL plant. Republican Jefferson Shreve, who sits on the Community Affairs Committee, voted no last night as the four at-large Democrats (Zach Adamson, John Barth, Pam Hickman, Leroy Robinson) voted yes passing the resolution on to the full Council by a 4-1 vote.The proposal for the resolution will now be debated in front of the full City-County Council.
Environmental activist group, the Sierra Club, released the results of a poll that was conducted in Marion County of voters. Sixty-nine percent of those polled support the end the use of coal and improvement of the air and water quality in Indianapolis. Even 51 percent of Republicans are on board, according to the poll of 400 registered voters.
Shreve voted against the proposal saying that it had no teeth and he did not believe it was feasible for IPL to phase out coal in the timetable given in the resolution. Adamson rebutted Shreve's justification for voting against passing the resolution out of committee. Councillor Jeff Miller had a prior commitment and couldn't attend the committee meeting.
It should be noted that this is just a resolution. IPL is not compelled to do anything, and they pretty much said they weren't in the hearing last night. Fred Mills of IPL said, "If this Council wants to pass a resolution asking IPL to stop burning coal by 2020, that is YOUR prerogative." He added emphasis on YOUR as if to say, come at us...if you dare.
Off to the full Council for this one!
Please the comments section for an update from Councillor Scales on her removal from the Community Affairs Committee. The City-County Council's website is incorrect on the membership of the committee. I regret the error.