- February 12, 2019
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TVA is considering closing the remaining coal unit at Paradise, which would mean that after nearly 70 years, there wouldn’t be any more coal burned in Muhlenberg County to generate electricity.
Local officials oppose closing Unit 3 at the plant because of the loss of jobs, not only at the plant but at mines and trucking companies that supply it.
“It would be devastating,” said Jon Rogers, who is on the board of the county economic development agency and works in the coal industry. “We have some of the highest unemployment right here in Western Kentucky, and we don’t need it to get any higher.”
TVA released an assessment in late November on the environmental impact of either continuing to operate Unit 3, which has 131 employees, or retiring it.
It did not sound promising to plant supporters.