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October 23, 2017
WOUB Local News
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Jobs versus environment for Meigs County
(2007-10-26)
(WOUB) - Meigs County is playing host to a contentious jobs-versus-environment debate.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency held a packed-house public hearing there last night on a coal-fired power plant proposed by American Municipal Power-Ohio.

The project has a two-and-a-half-billion dollar price tag and would generate 1000 megawatts.

On the pro-plant side is Meigs County Chamber of Commerce President Howard ...who points out Meigs has the highest unemployment rate in the state.

He says the possibility of new jobs and AMP-Ohio's plan to use "greener technologies" to keep-down pollution, make the project a good one.

But Mary Beth Lohse of the Ohio Chapter of the Sierra club disagrees.

She says these "greener technologies" are not good enough and it's time to look at alternative energy sources.

The EPA will be reviewing these and other comments given at the hearing - and those submitted in writing by November 30th - before making a final decision to issue, deny or modify a permit requested by AMP-Ohio.
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