Environment: Custer's Last Stand

Just when most farmers are settling down for a winter's rest, Virgil Steyer Jr. is usually working hardest. Steyer grows Christmas trees on large tracts near secluded Mount Storm, W. Va. (pop: 160); every December he serves droves of customers attracted from miles around by the high quality of his crop. But this year business is bad. Not that the Yuletide spirit has suddenly evaporated; rather Steyer's livelihood has been threatened by air pollution.

Mount Storm's air is being fouled by emissions from the smokestacks of two huge coal-burning power plants owned by Virginia...

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