Wed., March 24, 2010 2:40pm (EDT)

Georgia Power Suspends Environmental Work
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 4 years ago

MACON, Ga  —  
Plant Branch in Eatonton, one of Georgia Power's oldest coal-fired plants (photo courtesy Ga. Power)
Plant Branch in Eatonton, one of Georgia Power's oldest coal-fired plants (photo courtesy Ga. Power)
Georgia Power has suspended work on environmental controls at two of its oldest coal-fired power plants.

The company filed a plan to stop the work with the Georgia Public Service Commission two months ago. Georgia Power does not want to spend any more money at Plant Yates and Plant Branch until they know whether the EPA will change the rules regarding coal ash and boiler emissions.

Jeff Wilson is with Georgia Power.

“With all the uncertainty that’s still out there we’re going to wait-see how that turns out before we continue on with the project.”

Wilson says they expect the EPA to make possible changes to coal ash regulations in April and green house gas emissions later this year. He says there are no current plans to close either facility.