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Environmentalists celebrate a “clean air Christmas” at Ohio statehouse
The coal industry says improvements made in coal fired power plants have made coal much cleaner
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Santa Claus visited the statehouse to celebrate clean air
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Environmentalists in Ohio say they got an early Christmas present this year as the federal Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with new air quality standards. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports how the environmentalists celebrated what they call a Clean Air Christmas.

Ingles on a clean air Christmas

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More than a dozen environmentalists stand outside the Ohio Statehouse, singing their brand of Christmas carols.

And the yuletide carolers were visited by Santa himself.  He said he’s glad the quality of air in the country is improving.

“Over the years and there’ve been many, it’s begun to improve somewhat.  However, we do have a ways to go yet.  I do get grumblings from my dry cleaner, however, because he doesn’t have to clean suits as often as when he used to with fewer chimneys.”

Opponents of the new environmental regulations say they will drive up the cost of doing business.  And the coal industry notes its product is much cleaner these days due to improvements made at coal fired power plants.

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