Department of Energy to Conduct Public Hearing

The U.S Department of Energy will conduct a public hearing to get comments for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement about the proposed Kemper County lignite plant.

It's set for Dec. 1 at Kemper County High School. An informal question and answer session will start at 5 p.m. The hearing will start at 7 p.m.

The DOE said the statement has been prepared to assess the potential environmental impact of constructing and operating the plant.

Mississippi Power would use Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology to generate electricity from lignite coal.

The Mississippi Public Service Commission has given initial approval to plans for the plant, agreeing that more generating capacity is needed. However, it has not yet signed off on whether or not the facility should be built in Kemper County.


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  • by Truckls Location: Kemper on Dec 23, 2009 at 04:13 PM
    This project is a last gasp (no pun intended) for a dying industry. Coal as a primary energy source is necessary for about the next 10-15 years. As newer and more effecient systems come on line we don't need an established rate payer funded lobby crying for continuing this type of power generation. Mississippi Power with the help of a plyable legislature has insured that even if this project produces not one watt of energy the rate payers will be liable for the entire bill. If this is such a great system lets see the stock holders of the companies involved take on some of the risk. It breaks my heart to think of the basic local enviormental destruction that will result from the construction and operation of this plant. Gone will be the peace and quite and dark night skies that EPA does not regulate but valued by local residents more than all the ammenities a city has to offer. It is a shame that locals have to change everything to allow city folks to stay the same.
  • by CONCERNED Location: KEMPER RESIDENT on Dec 1, 2009 at 09:07 AM
    I LIVE WITHIN A FEW MILES OF THE PROPOSED PLANT. I AM AGAINST THIS PLANT 100%. IT WILL DESTROY NATURE AND OUR PEACEFUL COMMUNITY. THE WORKERS THAT WERE HERE LAST YEAR DROVE LIKE IDIOTS, THEY RAN ME OFF THE ROAD NUMEROUS TIMES, DESTROYED PRIVATE PROPERTY (WHICH THEY REPLACED), AND THEY ACT LIKE THEY OWN YOUR PROPERTY. KEMPER COUNTY DOESN'T NEED THIS. THIS PLANT NEEDS TO BE BUILT WHERE THERE ARE NO HOMES CLOSE BY AND NOT IN KEMPER COUNTY.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2009 at 08:48 AM
    The question is how much 'should " we believe what MPC is saying. You would expect them to say only positive things. There are other groups who question this plant. But once it is in operations, everything will be a the point of no return.
  • by Charles Location: Kemper County on Nov 30, 2009 at 03:27 PM
    Isn't it amazing how some people can have an opinion about something they know absolutely nothing about and say STUPID STUPID STUPID. You can tell by the comment about dirty up the air. Go to one of the meeting and learn something.
  • by Local Resident Location: Lauderdale County on Nov 30, 2009 at 09:21 AM
    The last thing we need is a coal fire plant. It will only increase the price of energy locally when cap and trade passes. Be it this year or 10 years from now. It is also stupid to burn lignite (coal) and dirty up the air we and our children will be breathing. If we are going to build a power plant, let's build a nuclear power plant. This lignite plant is STUPID STUPID STUPID!!
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