Hero of the Week: Armond Cohen

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Our hero this week is the winner of this year’s Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism:  Armond Cohen, the founder and executive director of the Clean Air Task Force (CATF).

As Dickinson College wrote in the award announcement:

“Cohen conceived CATF’s first national campaign, which identified and documented through rigorous scientific analysis America’s coal-fired power plants as a major cause of respiratory illness and death.  That campaign led to rules that have helped spur the closure of a third of the nation’s coal capacity, and has resulted in more than an 80% reduction in the power plant emissions that cause smog and soot; more than 96% reductions in air toxics including mercury, other toxic and carcinogenic metals, acid gases and carcinogenic organics.”

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