A proposed 960-megawatt coal-fired power plant for southeast Ohio won’t be built, thanks to cost increases and public opposition. American Municipal Power (AMP) announced the decision to scrap plans for the $3.9 billion plant at the end of November.
The facility would have joined four other coal-fired power plants currently located in Meigs County, Ohio, where residents have the some of the highest cancer rates in the nation, according to Ohio Citizen Action, a grassroots organization that fought the planned plant.
It was the 109th coal-fired power plant proposal to be dropped in the last two years, and a number of environmental groups were involved in its demise.
The Natural Resources Defense Council, the Ohio Student Environmental Coalition, Meigs Citizens Action Now and The Sierra Club worked together to persuade local communities not to sign contracts with AMP because of the environmental and economic costs of using coal power.
The plant would have provided power to parts of Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia, but projected construction costs ballooned from $1.5 billion to nearly $4 million since it was first proposed in 2006.
Environmental groups warned that the likelihood of upcoming federal limits on carbon dioxide emissions would have made the plant’s electricity too expensive for the community.
"Not only was the coal plant going to raise people's electric rates, but it would have added to all the pollution that is making our children sick and roasting our planet," Nachy Kanfer of The Sierra Club told the Dayton Daily News.
American Municipal Power says it will pursue a natural gas plant instead.