Plans for an Ohio Coal-Fired Power Plant Cancelled
Meigs, Ohio, ranked among the most polluted counties in the country, will not have a fifth coal plant added to the four nearby.
American Municipal Power (AMP) announced the cancellation earlier this week, on the same day construction had been scheduled to begin. The company cited escalating prices for the plant that would have put the cost near $4 billion, rather than the $2.5 billion estimated two years ago. The plant plans had been in place for a total of six years.
Several environmental groups and many Meigs citizens had been working to stop the plant since the plans were announced. In a statement, Sandy Buchanan, the executive director of Ohio Citizen Action, said, “This plant had the political support of politicians in Ohio from the governor on down. Killing it was a difficult proposition, but a compelling one for the many citizens and environmental groups who knew that the plant would have been both an economic and an environmental disaster.”
AMP is now considering other fuels, including natural gas, and remains committed to developing five hydroelectric plants along the Ohio River.
– Suzanne Bopp