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FirstEnergy closing 2 coal-fired plants in W. Pa.

July 9, 2013
Associated Press , The Associated Press

MASONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - FirstEnergy Corp. plans to shut down two coal-fired power plants in western Pennsylvania, saying it would cost too much to add equipment to meet looming federal air quality standards.

FirstEnergy, the Akron, Ohio-based parent of West Penn Power, says about 380 employees will be idled when it shuts down the Hatfield's Ferry Power Station in Masontown and the Mitchell Power Station in Courtney by Oct. 9. Eligible workers will receive about $16 million in severance benefits.

The company says the plants account for about 10 percent of the company's electrical generation capacity. But FirstEnergy says it would cost about 30 percent of the projected $925 million cost - or about $278 million - to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards at the two plants.

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