Wednesday, May 19, 2010

End of the line for a power plant

A small coal-fired power plant along the Ohio River near Marietta, Ohio, is to be shut down no later than Dec. 31, 2012, the Columbus Dispatch reports. The Richard H. Gorsuch power station is owned by American Municipal Power.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

AMP released a press release stating that they will be closing the plant by this December, a full 2 years earlier than they were ordered by the EPA.

I am all for tighter measures on air pollution, but it is a shame when those measures end up putting people out of work. This closing will have a direct effect on those that will be out of work, but will probably have an effect on those indirectly involved such as those who deliver and unload the coal barges they receive.

AEP's Muskingum River plant only 20 miles away from Gorsuch is a major polluter, but has received very little bad publicity compared to other plants in the region. In 2006, it was actually the second worst plant in the entire US in terms of sulfur dioxide emission rate (lbs SO2/MWh). A vast amount of this emissions data can be found at