Clean Air Coalition

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A coalition of Texas cities has formed to monitor the permitting process for 17 new coal-fired plants proposed for the state.

The coalition of 17 cities is being led by Dallas Mayor Laura Miller and Houston Mayor Bill White. A legal team of attorneys from Austin, Houston and other cities will be working on the group's behalf.

TXU has announced repeatedly that its new plants will increase generating capacity substantially and reduce total emissions by 20

Environmental groups have said the additional coal plants would add tons of nitrogen oxides, carbon dioxide and pounds of toxic mercury each year.

The 17 coal-fired plants are being proposed by seven different utility companies. Most would be located in East and Central Texas.

Miller says some companies outside Texas are using more modern, cleaner technologies than the proposed method of coal-burning.