Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell urges TVA to keep coal-fired plant

Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell urges TVA to keep coal-fired plant

October 25th, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky gestures as he speaks with reporters on Capitol in Washington.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky gestures...

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FRANKFORT, KY. - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has met with Tennessee Valley Authority President William Johnson to seek continued operation of the Paradise Fossil Plant, a coal-fired generator in Drakesboro.

TVA is reviewing the future of the Paradise plant.

McConnell said closure of the plant, which burned more than 6 million tons of Kentucky coal last year, would hurt the economy.

Most of Kentucky's federal delegation co-signed a letter to Johnson, telling him it's important that TVA maintain an "all-inclusive energy portfolio." For that reason, they urged him to keep the coal-fired plant running and continue to purchase coal mined in Kentucky.

The plant has about 400 full-time employees. McConnell said thousands of other jobs are dependent on the plant, including those of coal miners.