MU environmental groups to meet with MU chancellor, UM System president about coal depenence

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 | 6:36 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Members of Coal Free Mizzou, Sustain Mizzou and the environmental science club will meet with MU Chancellor Brady Deaton and University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe at 7 a.m. Wednesday to discuss the coal-powered plant at MU.

The student organizations plan to discuss a potential timeline to transition MU from coal power. The group wants it done by 2015.

"We know Mizzou has a plan, but in our opinion, it isn't moving fast enough," said MU student Kelsey Wingo, Coal Free Mizzou's media coordinator. 

A rolling plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2016 is in place, according to an MU climate action plan. Increases in natural gas and biomass with a new biomass boiler will reduce coal use, the plan states. 

The meeting was set up after Coal Free Mizzou's presence at the Sept. 13 UM System Board of Curator's meeting. Before the meeting, members wearing matching yellow "Beyond Coal" campaign T-shirts presented petitions and a storyboard demonstration to the curators.

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