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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