Will UGA Replace Its Coal-Fired Boiler?
University officials are starting the process of moving to a different power source.
Installed in 1966, UGA's coal-fired steam boiler, which provides power to the campus, may soon be on its way out. "Soon" being within the next five years or so.
According to a story in the Athens Banner Herald, university officials are beginning the process of finding a replacement for the boiler. They are asking engineering firms to submit bids for conducting a study on what would be a suitable alternative to the plant. They want something that can provide electricity during the summer.
The boiler pours pollutants into the air and is likely Athens' biggest source of pollution, mainly sulfer dioxide and nitrogen oxide. UGA has three other boilers powered by natural gas, the story says.
In recent years, UGA students have protested the school's reliance on coal, joining a nationwide effort spearheaded by the Sierra Club.
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