Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) is planning to spend just over a half billion dollars, $511 million, to clean up the air around two major coal burning electric generating power plants. One is in Petersburg, in Pike County in southwest Indiana. The other in on south Harding Street, near I-465 in Indianapolis. IPL says the huge amount must be spent to sharply reduce the amount of harmful pollution the two plants spew into the atmosphere each day. IPL estimates rates would go up around $108 per year for the average customer. Opponents from the Sierra Club and Citizens Action Coalition say the plant upgrades are too costly and will still allow the plants to burn “dirty”, pollution generating coal from Indiana. They also say the $108 added cost is too high and that less polluting alternatives to coal like wind power, should be explored. Both sides appeared on Afternoons with Amos to talk about the project and their side’s positions. Under questioning, though, IPL admitted that this half billion dollar project has no plans and programs to include minority-owned businesses from being part of this half billion dollar project. Afternoons with Amos also learned none of IPL’s ten top executives are racial minorities, and only one is a woman. Click Link for more Info on This Project. Info on IPL Request. Click Below to Hear Both Sides of this $511 million project. Comments from IPL Vice-President Community Affairs Greg Fennig Runs 14 Minutes. Comments from Sierra Club’s Megan Anderson Runs 22 Minutes. ©2013 WTLC/Radio One.