Coal Plant Closing 4 Years Early

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 @ 04:05 PM gHale

A coal-burning power plant in Stevenson, AL, will now end up retired about four years ahead of schedule so the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will avoid having to comply with new coal ash regulations.

The utility’s board of directors voted Thursday to close the final boiler unit at the Widows Creek plant by October, when new federal regulations for storing the coal ash waste come into effect.

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The new regulations will require significant reporting and be more costly than current rules, said Chief Operating Officer Chip Pardee.

TVA retired the plant’s other seven units between 2012 and 2014. TVA had previously planned to idle the final unit in 2019.

Pardee said closing and deconstructing the plant will provide continued work for some of the 90 employees there.

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