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AMP-Ohio power plant smokestack along Ohio 7 demolished

June 10, 2013

ROBB DeCAMP Special to the Times The smokestack that once towered over American Municipal Power’s Richard H....

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Jun-10-13 8:26 AM

Thank you, thank you, & thank you! Finally the last visible landmark that this valley employed 600 men/women with very substantial & contributing incomes is gone. Obama & his EPA definitely hold true to their word on matters like this. So you MOV voters that put him office, how is that hope & change working? Our fathers, brothers, husbands lose their ability to support their families, receive gov't benefits for 99 weeks at a fraction of their salary, only to find some sort of work with no benefits or reduced hours to avoid the catastrophic costs of his landmark, self callapsing, bankrupting piece of legislation that the INfamous Nancy said you, "have to read it, to see what is in it" comment.

So to all of you AMPO families, I wish we could somehow go back in time & reset the clock to anyone but the great divider, destroyer, & almighty hoaxer in chief.

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Jun-10-13 9:12 AM

oh quick! what do we do? I know let's blame Obama! It may be the last vestage of a plant that once employed 700 or more but the truth is that the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal was the beginning of the end. It has managed to hang on through various incarnations but Marietta will never again see numbers like that. The AMPOhio plant was antiquated by today's standards and would have been shut down by the company because they refused to upgrade it. So save your breath Devil's advocate blame the company (and be glad that you can still breath)!

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Jun-10-13 9:19 AM

you are clueless hickory.

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Jun-10-13 9:36 AM

#1: The Clean Air Act became law in 1963...I think Pres. Obama must have been about 5 at that time? This plant was doomed long before Obama was elected because the company refused, for years,to comply with changing EPA regulations. Apparently, they cared more about the $'s than they did about their employees.

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Jun-10-13 10:06 AM

Personally, I am glad everything that I use & buy costs more today than it used to. How about you?

"Tumbling down" How apropo! Across the spectrum of this country, everything but social services is tumbling down. That day though is fast approaching. Lord help us!!!!

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Jun-10-13 10:19 AM

This all started with deregulation of the power industry. The power plants used to have set schedules for repair and maintenance when they were regulated. Not anymore. Once they were deregulated, repair was pushed and pushed further into the future because power companies wanted more and more profits for their shareholders. The EPA would grant extensions, because let's be honest, everyone wants power, and when the country needs power, the companies hold all the cards. Now with a sluggish economy, the EPA won't budge, the demand isn't as great, and now here we are. Deregulation caused this.

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Jun-10-13 10:26 AM

I don't see corporate welfare on its way down.

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Jun-10-13 10:56 AM


Represents the future of local economy...?????

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Jun-10-13 12:27 PM

Borg/Warner Chemicals once employed 1,700 people in the Parkersburg, WV area. Then, GE Plastics bought it out. From that point on, employment fell, first, under the GE CEO Jack Welch and finally under GE CEO Jeff Immelt (You'll remember Jeff! He was named as Obama's Job's CREATION Council head). In 2007, GE sold their Plastics business to the Saudi Arabians. By that time, GE had reduced the original 1,700 local employees to around 300. SABIC began tearing down the production buildings and now employees a handful of people producing latex and resin.

Thanks Barack Obama (cost efficient energy destroyer) and Jeff Immelt (international jobs out-sourcer) for making the Ohio Valley an economically more challenging area in which to live. Want to talk about YOUR "Shovel-Ready Jobs" next time?

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Jun-10-13 1:21 PM

It's funny to see the backwards commentators blaming the current president for their woes. A law, almost a half a decade old, is to blame for this power plant's antiquated status but, all you can do is blame the democrat in office.

Have you seen Beijing lately? They decided to keep puffing out sulphates, nitrates, ammonia and sodium chlorates, when we decided with the clean air act to plan for the future. Now we can walk around the MOV with out needing a respirator and flashlight during the day. Beijing however can go several days without being able to see more than 50 feet in front of them. But you are right, lets join them and kill ourself's for the sake of 70 stable jobs and 500 shutdown jobs. Real smart.

I bet you even took $400 from du-pont. They put a chemical in the water, you should have forgave them and saved jobs. Guess the power plants don't pollute the water or air in your mind.

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Jun-10-13 1:26 PM

I am not a supporter of BO by any means...but I can tell you from EXPERIENCE that the AMP Ohio plant was the worst of the worst and needed to go. You can blame many things on BO 's EPA and rightfully so including land grabs, but the closing of this plant was long over due.

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Jun-10-13 2:33 PM

Parrothead: i recommend you also read a couple books: Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith published in 1776. Also the US Constitution published in 1787 by the Founders of this nation that you and your fellow travelers have long ago forgotten or were never taught in today's public school systems.

Also maybe try to read a college microeconomics text book....the section on marginal cost / marginal benefit and apply it to all the freedom robbing regulations you so easily accept.

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Jun-10-13 2:37 PM

disConnect-your description is that of corporate capitalism at work. You oppose regulating of the corporate empires but you don't seem to grasp that what happened to BW is the direct result of maximizing shareholder profits. As for Immelt, he is from the business world that you revere so much. After all, government should run like business, right?

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Jun-10-13 6:41 PM

"Immelt appalled at O’nomics" By CHARLES GASPARINO Last Updated: 12:21 AM, March 20, 2012

h ttp://w ww.nypost.c om/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/bam_angry_adviser_YOANZQkGODYVqFDAsI9LjP

"Jeff Immelt: China's Communist Government "Works"

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ATTN; PARROTHEAD; It would seem that Jeff Immelt, Obama's darling, wanted it "both ways'. Remember, in the second article he's referring to a China that was opening one new coal-fired power plant PER WEEK! (and we wonder why they're kicking our economic as$).

BTW - You're comment of "I love it when you post facts - facts you received from someone who had personal involvement with a situation" - YEP! I'm a former GE employee.

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Jun-10-13 6:46 PM

h ttp://newsforsquirrels.blogspot. .u k/2011/10/ge-we-bring-good-things-to-jeff-imelt.html

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Jun-10-13 7:31 PM

asknot - "Our resources are getting stretched, we are making too many people.."

Well, I might agree that "we are making TOO MANY PEOPLE". Close our borders against illegal infiltration and, to the best of our ability, send the ones back that are here illegally.

As to "Our resources are getting stretched," WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? "New report says U.S. has largest fossil fuel reserves in world"

h ttp://dailycaller.c om/2011/03/10/new-report-says-u-s-has-largest-fossil-fuel-reserves-in-world/#ixzz2VrI8IR89

We can sit back and let a guy who never ran a business direct us toward the inadequate (at this time) solar/wind energy corners OR we can continue to drill/mine for our abundance of fossil fuels WHILE searching for more DEPENDIBLE, high-tech alternatives.

If we don't, thanks to our national debt, China WILL BE HERE extracting those resources to turn into products to be sold to the other Eurasian and South American nations.

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Jun-10-13 8:28 PM

When we talk about the 11 million illegals, we never mention the children they are making since children born here are legal.

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Jun-10-13 11:24 PM

Yes SIR! That's all the more reason for them to come across the border and try to have children as soon as possible, right?

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Jun-10-13 11:32 PM

BTW - Everybody KEEP ON checking "disagree" with my comments about GE/Jeff Immelt/Obama! Besides GE hopes that 'green technologies' appreciation would really catch hold, they are also well positioned in the medical information exchange business. Can we all say "ObamaCare", $Cha-Ching$?

Aren't you people just a little uncomfortable with a business-government incestuous relationship? Hitler wasn't.

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Jun-11-13 11:14 AM

Parrothead, thank you for your service. In the shroud of intellectual darkness perpetuated by Faux News, your perspective is a breath of fresh air. (No pun intended)

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Jun-11-13 11:48 AM

OK we already paid to have that stuff put on to take care pollu! ask the BIG ONE what did they do with the ASBESTOS that was in there? the place was torn down by MEXICANS. look it up!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jun-11-13 12:31 PM

People who pay their electricity bills to Columbus or as many as 47 other Ohio cities and villages will soon help American Municipal Power pay an $850,000 fine for air pollution.The Columbus-based utility, a nonprofit cooperative that resells electricity to about 80 municipal electric systems in Ohio, agreed to pay the fine in May to help settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The suit alleged that the Richard H. Gorsuch plant, along the Ohio River near Marietta, has violated the Clean Air Act since at least 1991.

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Jun-11-13 12:37 PM

American Municipal Power officials also agreed to close Gorsuch by the end of 2012 and to help fund a $15 million energy-efficiency program in the cities and villages that signed contracts to buy Gorsuch's electricity.

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Jun-11-13 12:37 PM

The U.S. EPA suit, which was filed in April 2009, said American Municipal Power and former Gorsuch owner Elkem Metals Inc. should have installed air-pollution filters when the plant was repaired and upgraded between 1982 and 1991.

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Jun-11-13 12:49 PM

AMP agreed to permanently retire its Richard H. Gorsuch Station in eastern Ohio and spend more than $15 million to settle the lawsuit, according to a consent decree (pdf) reached with U.S. EPA and the Justice Department.EPA and the Justice Department issued a notice of violation in 2009, alleging that AMP made modifications at the Gorsuch station without obtaining the proper permits and installing pollution controls as mandated under the Clean Air Act's New Source Review (NSR) requirements.

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