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“They have met the obligation to dramatically reduce the split between coal consumption and natural gas consumption,” said a Democratic aide who was closely involved in the 2009 campaign to push the Capitol Power Plant into being a better environmental steward.
In delaying the DDOE’s ability to rule on the permit, the anti-coal activists “have effectively delayed better air quality for Capitol Hill residents,” the aide continued. “It’s not actually helpful to the long-term health issues and air quality issues that we have with the Capitol Power Plant.”
Wells’ office did not return requests for comment Monday, but his forthcoming legislation might also fall short: It is currently unclear whether the D.C. Council has the authority to dictate certain behavior in a federal facility like that of Congress’ power plant.