INDIANAPOLIS – State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage) had the following comments after learning of NIPSCO’s consideration to retire four of its five coal plants:

“I am glad that NIPSCO and the industry acknowledge the fact that coal-fired power plants are going the way of the dinosaur.

“I do lament the loss of jobs that may come from closing the plants but hope the loss can be mitigated by placements to other facilities.

“This is great news for the environment as coal energy spews out dirty air and water pollutants and the move will only make Northwest Indiana a better place to live and work.

“I look forward to seeing the land at the Michigan City plant utilized as part of the Marquette Greenway plan as the land offers an ideal area on the shore of Lake Michigan.”