- American Electric Power employees at three West Virginia power plants received notices that the facilities are preparing to close within the next two months, according to the Charleston Daily Mail.
- The closures, related to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations on mercury, dioxins and other contaminants, target some of the oldest plants in AEP's generation fleet.
- Employees at other facilities have been warned as well, though the company said it is attempting to find positions for them or will provide severance packages.
The impacts of the EPA MATS regulations are beginning to filter down to the individual level: AEP told employees this week that three facilities in West Virginia would shutter within two months, the Daily Mail reported.
The news outlet reported a company spokesperson said many AEP employees "have other jobs within the company that we're holding for them until the plant closes ...The rest will be offered a severance package."
Among the plants slated for closure as part of the company’s efforts to comply with the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards are the Kanawha River Units 1 and 2 . Both units are scheduled to end their service around the middle of this year.
Placed in operation in 1953, the two-unit plant consistently ranked among the world leaders in steam-electric generating efficiency. In 1953, 1954 and 1957, Kanawha River was the worlds’ best coal-fired plant in terms of heat rate performance.
The plant burns about a million tons of coal each year and pays about $3.66 million in annual taxes.