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YOUR ARTICLE ON A Virginia utility’s proposal to build a power plant on the campus of Georgetown University (“Power Failure,” 10/15) failed to address why the plant would be harmful to all the citizens of the District of Columbia.

But instead of cleaning up the environment, Georgetown University has made the city an offer: We promise to turn off our dirty coal boiler if you allow a Virginia utility to build a power plant with a 35-year life emitting as much pollution as our old boiler. This hardly seems like a good trade.

The citizens of the District have put up with a lot of pollution coming from the campus of Georgetown University since 1979. We certainly do not need to have the District government approve another dirty plant when a new gas boiler emitting a tiny fraction of the pollution would serve the university’s energy needs.

Westy McDermid, Georgetown