D.C. mayor Vincent Gray under pressure over Va. power plant

WASHINGTON (AP) - An environmental organization is calling on D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray to file a special petition with the Environmental Protection Agency that would put a power plant in Alexandria, Va., on track to close.

The Sierra Club recently met with residents in southeast Washington to warn them about the dangers of the sulfur dioxide being blown across the river from the Potomac River Generating Station. The Washington Examiner reports that the mayor's office has no immediate plans to petition the EPA, as officials are determining how much shutting down the plant would hurt the city's power supply.

GenOn Energy, which owns the plant, says it complies with all state sulfur dioxide regulations. The EPA says sulfur dioxide is linked with a number of adverse effects on the respiratory system.

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