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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell urges TV to continue using coal-fired power plant
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, October 25, 2013 12:34 PM EDT
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has met with Tennessee Valley Authority President William Johnson to seek continued operation of the Paradise Fossil Plant, a coal-fired generator in Drakesboro.
McConnell said closure of the plant, which burned more than 6 million tons of Kentucky coal last year, would hurt the economy.
Most of Kentucky's federal delegation co-signed a letter to Johnson, telling him it's important that TVA maintain an "all-inclusive energy portfolio." For that reason, they urged him to keep the coal-fired plant running and continue to purchase coal mined in Kentucky.
The plant has about 400 full-time employees. McConnell said thousands of other jobs are dependent on the plant, including those of coal miners.