FirstEnergy closing 6 coal-fired power plants
The new standards are designed to reduce emissions of mercury and other toxic pollution from coal- and oil-fired power plants. An Associated Press survey found that the changes were likely to bring the mothballing of dozens of units in the Midwest and in the coal belt Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia.
The Obama administration was under court order to issue a new rule, after a court threw out an attempt by the Bush administration to exempt power plants from controls for toxic air pollution.
FirstEnergy said its decision would directly affect 529 employees. Some of them could end up transferring to other FirstEnergy facilities and work sites, while others could take advantage of a retirement benefit being offered to employees 55 years and older, the company said.
Is there a level at which the emissions aren’t toxic?
As a former FirstEnergy employee, I can tell you that this is definitely NOT good. Search at www.cleveland.com (the Cleveland Plain Dealer) and you will see that they're closing the Eastlake plant (Eastlake, OH), the Lakeshore plant (Cleveland, OH), the Ashtabula plant (Ashtabula, OH), and part of the Bay Shore plant in Toledo, OH. That will create a significant deficit of power generation along Lake Erie. Absent replacement generation in that area, this will cause problems.
I'm going to speculate here that Ohio just went Republican in a big way because of this.
Just a side note, TVA, a federal agency, is doing the same sort of thing. They're idling coal-fired generators in favor of temporarily-cheap natural gas, nuclear, and the intermittent wind resource. It's a political decision, not an economic decision. Thanks, Obama, you worthless communist POS wannabe dictator moron.