Monday, June 20, 2011

American Electric Power Company Will Close Five Plants and Lay Off 600

The American Electric Power Company, Inc., plans to close five plants in the U.S. and lay off 600 workers, as a result of new rules for coal-fired power plants proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA is proposing strict regulations to limit emissions of mercury, lead and other toxins from coal-fired plants could take effect in 3-1/2 years.  AEP deems the timeline as "unrealistic."  As a result, the company would have to close plants in Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia by the end of 2014 and retire generating units at plants in five states by the end of 2012.

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  1. Which is more important? Environment or jobs?