Grimes, McConnell agree on keeping coal plant open

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Associated Press

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 2:06 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 2:06 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Alison Grimes has joined Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in urging the Tennessee Valley Authority to keep a coal-fired generating plant operating in western Kentucky.

Grimes, who is running for McConnell's Senate seat, said in a statement that an upgrade would bring the Paradise Fossil Plant at Drakesboro into compliance with federal standards, while closure would have a devastating economic impact.

McConnell met with Tennessee Valley Authority President William Johnson last week to seek continued operation of the generating plant.

TVA is considering whether it should add new emission controls to two coal-fired units that date back to the late 1950s, build a new generating plant powered by natural gas or take no action.

TVA said in a statement last week that officials are "evaluating all options."

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