EPA rule forces Duke to close coal plant
Duke Energy says it has decided to close part of its Miami Fort coal plant in North Bend, Ohio, in 2015 in response to new federal air-pollution rules.
Duke will close one of the three units it owns at Miami Fort, amounting to 163 megawatts of capacity. It is the second closure announced by Duke (NYSE: DUK) since the Environmental Protection Agency released its final version of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.
Last month, Duke said it would close the 860-megawatt Beckjord coal plant in New Richmond, Ohio, in 2015. Paul Wojowski, the Cincinnati field organizer for Greenpeace, criticizes Duke's decision on the two plants. He says Duke should not wait so long to close the units.
“With millions of tons of pollution spewing out of this plant for nearly four decades, it’s time to stop polluting the air and water of southern Ohio now,” he says in a prepared statement.
He also calls on Duke to close the two other units it operates at Miami Fort.
Read more in The Business Journal of the Triad.
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