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July 22, 2018
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Construction to get Underway
(WOUB) - The first coal-burning power plant in decades is scheduled to begin construction next year in Ohio and start producing electricity in 2013.

American Municipal Power-Ohio wants to put the 1,000-megawatt plant in economically strapped Meigs County in southern Ohio.

AMP-Ohio members include 81 cities and villages in Ohio, 27 in Pennsylvania, seven in Michigan, five in Virginia, two in West Virginia and one in Kentucky.

Backers insist the plant will operate more cleanly than any coal-fired plant in Ohio.

But detractors say it's old technology that will create pollutants just as the state is poised to write a new, more environmentally conscious energy policy.

AMP-Ohio says it intends to shut down a smaller coal-power plant near Marietta once the new plant goes on line.
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