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AEP to close Beverly power plant in 2015

July 12, 2013

All five units of American Electric Power’s Muskingum River Plant in Beverly will be completely phased out by the end of 2015....

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WhatsNext

Jul-15-13 7:19 PM

StoneColdBrain, the EPA is running out of control with Odumma's blessing. Remember, while you're laying everything on GW's shoulders, Odumma is the one who said he wanted to shut down the coal-fired plants.

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oldhickory

Jul-14-13 11:21 PM

John Prine continued:

Then the coal company came with the world's largest shovel And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land Well, they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man. And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away

When I die let my ashes float down the Green River Let my soul roll on up to the Rochester dam I'll be halfway to Heaven with Paradise waitin' Just five miles away from wherever I am.

And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away

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oldhickory

Jul-14-13 11:19 PM

When I was a child my family would travel Down to Western Kentucky where my parents were born And there's a backwards old town that's often remembered So many times that my memories are worn. And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away Well, sometimes we'd travel right down the Green River To the abandoned old prison down by Adrie Hill Where the air smelled like snakes and we'd shoot with our pistols But empty pop bottles was all we would kill. And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away Then the coal company came with the world's largest shovel And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land

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DevilsAdvocate

Jul-14-13 12:34 PM

All this clean air stuff is good & the touchy feely do away with coal is fine, but here is my question.. Why just the US/USA? Our nation isn't boxed with walls up to the Lord. That means all the coal China/India/Pakistan buys from WV is blowing over US via the jet streams. So why on Earth do you do gooders kill off our nation for the sake of "clean air", when 3rd worlds don't give a hoot? Get past the profit argument. We are killing off jobs under a false pretense, all the while allowing more harm b/c lesser nations don't follow our wonderful EPA guidelines here. Head in the sand, dense, or just don't understand?

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Caspiansynn

Jul-14-13 9:37 AM

If you are worried about mercury levels in children you better use incandescent lights and not use florescent bulbs. No ,wait , they have killed incandescent bulbs too.

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scrappile

Jul-13-13 10:58 PM

1) The war on coal is less than 5 miles as the crow flies, from the AEP plant, it is 2 natural gas plants, it is what investors are putting funds in, they are ahead of the curve, to keep their investments safe. 2) How many years would the power plant have left IF AEP put profits back into plant upgrades, 10? fewer. 3) I lost my coal industry tertiary job, in the 80's, nobody knew this was coming, please, do a search on mercury levels in children around coal fired plants, but of course, it will always be profit first......

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thegreek

Jul-13-13 5:53 PM

The article says that Unit 1-4 was done in by the New Source review law in 2007. They were built in 1953 or so. They were 60 some years old. BUT UNIT 5 was built in the 1970's and has a lot of life left in her !!! There is no demand in Ohio is what the article says. Couple that with the cost to refuel it to gas and there is the kill shot on Unit 5. A government should be making the atmosphere for its citizens and corporations easier to be successful instead of making it almost impossible and condemning them for making a profit !!The effect of less coal trucking and support services in the Beverly will be felt pretty surely, pretty soon. The EPA has surely overstepped its authority in the USA.

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rocker

Jul-13-13 11:39 AM

Stonecold If you look at the new regulations from the anti coal leftists who inhabit the epa all new power plant emmissions have been set to match those of natural gas. You can't do that with coal and there is NO technology that exists to lower emissions from coal to match those of natural gas. In effect the regime and epa have outlawed any new coal plants.

And they went around Congress bypassing the Constitution to do this. When the next Republican President goes around Congress and issues an executive order I bet you will be screaming like a mashed cat then. Wake up before its too late!

Perhaps its you that is failing to comprehend what is going on. Read up on "Agenda 21".

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StoneCold

Jul-13-13 11:05 AM

rocker - once again you show your inability to comprehend written words or facts!

Yes, these plants are closing while Obama is in the White House, BUT (and this is a very big and important but)THEY ARE BEING CLOSED FOR NOT COMPLYING WITH EPA REGULATIONS IMPOSED BY THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. Here's a little lesson for you rocker. EPA regulations are signed into law and have specified date in the FUTURE that they will go into effect. That's what is happening here. Bush signed a law that was to go into effect YEARS after he was out of office and that time is now.

Do you think he was counting on a bunch of ignorant beings to forget this and blame the new guy? I do.

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rocker

Jul-13-13 10:18 AM

Blame the obama regime and the epa!

StoneCold these plants weren't closed under our last REAL President GW Bush. They were closed during the regime of the community instigator obama. Read up on "Agenda 21"!

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StoneCold

Jul-13-13 12:17 AM

IF the power companies had made improvements and modifications to these facilities they would not be shutting them down now.

NO ONE is to blame other than the power companies themselves!!!

If you notice they, the power companies, have no problem installing scrubbers or refueling the plants that they want to keep open. Those they don't they try to blame on the EPA and the sad thing is that many people believe them.

I hate to see these jobs go too, but if the power companies had been proactive this wouldn't have to be happening today.

Also with all of the manufacturing facilities in America either reducing their production or shutting down due to out sourcing the demand for electricity is declining. Just look at the large electric users that have shut down or reduced production in a 75 mile radius of Marietta. That is a reduction in demand by thousands and thousands of kilowatt hours.

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StoneCold

Jul-13-13 12:15 AM

WhatsNext - if you are blaming this closure on the EPA then you should go ask for help from the ones who signed these regulations into law - that would be the George W Bush Administration!

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WhatsNext

Jul-12-13 11:39 PM

Meanwhile, my guess is that electricity for the area will have to be transmitted in from a distant power plant which will cause our rates to (to quote the great community organizer) "necessarily rise". Would some of you EPA lovers like to chip in to help pay my electric bill?

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thegreek

Jul-12-13 10:55 PM

Oldhickory. You claiming there is no "War on Coal" by the present administration led by the US EPA and our wonderful SierraClub and Greenpeace??? I do not think 2600 worker were "laid off" as you claimed. One can look in the news archives that those employee numbers were reduced by attrition and mostly severances after the economic crash on Wall Street in 2008.

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armybrat

Jul-12-13 8:21 PM

Just what we need in this area, more jobs taken away. When is this going to stop around here. We need the jobs!

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scrappile

Jul-12-13 6:19 PM

One word can sum up Andy Thompson= ALEC.....

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NasCarNut

Jul-12-13 1:55 PM

One word can sum it up...GREED

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Alwayssomething

Jul-12-13 11:32 AM

Sounder--AEP could have remedied the emissions problem had they chosen to. No spokesperson will ever convince me that AEP ever cared about any of us--just like Central Ohio Coal. This was a fix they could well have afforded.

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sounder

Jul-12-13 10:36 AM

I made the comment, several years ago, that the Beverly power plant was living on borrowed time. The closure shouldn't have been that much of a surprise; fifty plus years ago that power plant was the big news for the villages of Beverly & Waterford. No one at the time thought about what was coming out of those smoke stacks, there were too many paychecks coming from that plant--who would need to worry or want to?

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oldhickory

Jul-12-13 4:36 AM

I am quoting from Kalel1 yesterday...….”In December 2011, the non-partisan organization Public Campaign criticized American Electric Power for spending $28.85 million on lobbying[34] and not paying any taxes during 2008-2010, instead getting $545 million in tax rebates, despite making a profit of $5.9 billion, laying off 2,600 workers since 2008, and increasing executive pay by 30% to $23.7 million in 2010 for its top five executives. Mr. Johnson, I am not okay with your claim that it is government overreach that is to blame. Why aren't you demanding to know how such a powerful company such as AEP pays no taxes and still gets government subsidies? How a company can lay-off thousands of workers and increase the pay of it's top executives. How much in campaign contributions did you receive from AEP?

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