April 21, 2009

Dozens arrested over coal plant

Dozens of demonstrators are facing charges in Charlotte, N.C., after a protest against Duke Energy's coal policies.

Police said 42 people were arrested and charged with trespassing at Duke's headquarters Monday during a rally in which about 250 protested against the expansion of the company's coal-fired Cliffside power plant, located 60 miles west of Charlotte, The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday.

Environmentalists are challenging Duke's claim that the $2.4 billion Cliffside expansion will offset new emissions by retiring older units. Duke has said Cliffside will be the cleanest coal-fired plant in the country when it is completed.