FirstEnergy Shutters 2 Pa. Coal Plants, Blames EPA

Law360, New York (July 9, 2013, 7:26 PM EDT) -- FirstEnergy Corp. will permanently retire two coal-fired power plants in southwestern Pennsylvania, the company announced Tuesday, saying it couldn’t afford upgrades needed to comply with looming U.S. Environmental Protection Agency toxic emission limits.

The company said that its Hatfield’s Ferry Power Station in Masontown and its Mitchell Power station in Courtney will shutter by October 9, 2013, citing the cost of current and future regulations and stubbornly low electricity prices.

The plants, which together can generate up to 2,080 megawatts, accounted for about 30 percent of...
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