In the last couple of years, such efforts have gotten results:
"Anytime you get people together, if they're educated about the facts and they make what they think is the right decision based on the information that have, that's a good thing," says Jonathan Hill, director of Citizens for a Sound Economy.
Hill says citizen activists are recognizing they can make a difference.
Neighbors fighting the Coker plan say their coalition has grown from 35 people to more than 1,000.
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