Two coal-fired units at the Paradise TVA power plant in Muhlenberg County will be closed and replaced with a one billion dollar gas-fired power plant. State Representative Brent Yonts says the TVA Board of Directors voted Thursday in Oxford, MS to close Paradise Units 1 and 2 in favor of constructing a gas-fired plant despite his plea to the Board to install baghouses on the two units to allow for continued burning of coal. Baghouses are filters used to control air emissions.
Yonts adds the closure of Units 1 and 2 will have "dire consequences" for the economy of Muhlenberg County, west Kentucky, and the state, estimating around 200 TVA and 700 coal mining jobs and economic development supported by coal severance funding will be impacted. Yonts says that amounts to 142 million dollars to the area economy from jobs alone, with estimates that the total impact will be closer to 300 million dollars. While construction of the gas-fired plant will bring temporary jobs to the area, Yonts says "the long-range impact will be hard to deal with."
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