Environment
2:15 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

McConnell Urges TVA to Keep Coal-Fired Plant

McConnell and Johnson
McConnell and Johnson

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell met Wednesday with Tennessee Valley Authority president William Johnson to seek continued operation of the Paradise Fossil Plant, a coal-fired generator in Muhlenberg County.

TVA is reviewing the future of the Paradise plant. 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 Drakesboro plant has about 400 full-time employees. McConnell said thousands of other jobs are dependent on the plant, including those of coal miners.