Closure of 3 W.Va. coal-fired plants looms

Associated Press Published: September 1, 2012
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FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Three coal-fired power plants in West Virginia will soon stop generating electricity.

The last day of power generation for FirstEnergy Corp.'s plants in Albright, Rivesville and Willow Island was scheduled for Saturday.

FirstEnergy spokesman Mark Durbin said the plants would be deactivated by the end of the day.

Officials say some workers likely will remain on the job for a short period. They will deactivate the plants and take care of permits and environmental regulations. The plants employ a total 210 workers.

FirstEnergy also plans to close six coal-fired operations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland. The Ohio-based utility attributes the closures to new federal environmental regulations aimed at reducing emissions of mercury and other toxic pollution.