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FirstEnergy Corp. on Thursday announced it is retiring six coal fired power plants, including four in Ohio, because of stricter federal anti pollution rules.
The six older cheap nfl jerseys from china and dirtier plants will be closed by Sept. 1.
The announcement makes FirstEnergy one of the first American utilities to close aging, polluting power plants cheap nfl jerseys in the wake of tighter federal clean air rules finalized last month. Closings at other utilities are expected in the coming weeks.
FirstEnergy had been keeping a close eye on proposed federal rules on mercury, heavy metals and air toxics from coal burning power plants for years, Lasky said.
The new rules provided FirstEnergy with certainty to proceed with the closings, he said.
The federal mandate that improvements be completed within three years was a factor in the decision to retire the six plants, which represent 12 percent of the utility generation capacity, he said.
The decision affects 529 workers who will be eligible for severance benefits, the Akron based utility said.
It indicated that the number of affected workers might be less because some might be considered for other openings within the company and because of a new retirement benefit being offered to workers 55 and older.
About one third of those 529 workers are eligible for retirement; meanwhile, the utility has about 100 openings in cheap nhl jerseys its fossil fuel division, officials said.
The plants to be closed are:
Shore Plant, Boilers 2 4, in Oregon, Ohio, outside Toledo. One boiler with anti pollution equipment will remain open.
Power Station, Adrian, Pa.
Paul Smith Power Station, Williamsport, Md.
The Eastlake plant is the largest, capable of producing 1,233 megawatts; the Williamsport plant is the smallest at 116 megawatts. One megawatt is enough to fuel 600 to 1,000 houses.
The average age of the six plants is 55 years, Lasky said. The oldest plant, the Maryland facility, was built in 1947; the newest, Eastlake Unit 5, was built in 1972, he said. Environmental Protection Agency new Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS), which were finalized Dec. 21.
of mercury, heavy metals and air toxics from coal burning power plants is needed to protect human health, the EPA said.
Installing anti pollution equipment on small, old power plants was not economically feasible, FirstEnergy concluded.
Lasky declined to say how much it would have cost FirstEnergy to equip the plants with bag houses, activated carbon nfl jerseys nike china filters and lime or sorbent injection systems to meet the new federal rules.
Closing the six plants will be almost comparable to losing the D. nfl jerseys china Bruce Mansfield Power Station in Shippingport, Pa. It is FirstEnergy largest coal fired power plant and produces 2,460 megawatts, enough electricity to power 1.5 million homes.
On average, the plants have generated 10 percent of the electricity produced by the company over the last three years, FirstEnergy said.
FirstEnergy saw no advantage to waiting to see whether legal challenges might overturn the new rules, said Ray Evans, executive director of environmental for FirstEnergy Services.
In some cases, there is not enough land around the old plants to install anti pollution equipment, he said.