Group Opposes Lignite Plant

By: Ashley Porter Email
By: Ashley Porter Email

The proposal to build a new power plant in Kemper County has some community members worried.

The three-member Mississippi Public Service Commission began four days of public hearings Monday in Jackson.

A group who objects stood outside doors. They say they fear the plant could bring environmental problems and rate hikes.

But Mississippi Power says the plant will lead to cleaner energy and more reliable service in the long run.

"This will make the coal plant comparable to a natural gas plant," said Cindy Duvall, spokesperson for Mississippi Power. "That's the cleanest production of energy you can get. So it's very exciting. That's why it's unprecedented. This technology allows coal to be equal to emissions from a natural gas plant."

If the $2 billion plant is approved and work begins in 2010, it could be finished by 2014.


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  • by Jameson Location: MS on Oct 8, 2009 at 04:55 PM
    "Do we want to destroy a part of Kemper county to have a plant that is not better-but equal-to a natural gas plant?" Your question is flawed by the misleading use of the word "destroy", but to answer your question; YES! I do want this plant in Kemper County. YES! I do want this plant in Mississippi. YES! i do want the new technology to produce my energy and if we have to use natural resources to do it, then i'm perfectly OK with that.
  • by arlene Location: meridian, ms on Oct 6, 2009 at 08:35 AM
    Strip mining for coal is the real problem-not the new way to burn lignite. Do we want to destroy a part of Kemper county to have a plant that is not better-but equal-to a natural gas plant? The following address is a picture of a strip mine from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Garzweiler.strip.mine.jpg
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