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August 2012

Power Company Suspends Effort to Build Coal Plant

Coal plantIn what appears to be a major victory for clean air and water activists, the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) has announced that it has suspended its attempts to obtain permits for what would be the largest coal-fired power plant ever built in Virginia, the proposed Cypress Creek plant in Dendron.

“New regulations proposed by the U.S. EPA, as well as changes in market conditions, have led ODEC to suspend permitting activity for Cypress Creek for the time being,” Mary Howell, ODEC’s manager of public relations, wrote in a statement emailed today. “ODEC is presently evaluating alternative sources of power supply.”

If, in fact, ODEC decides to drop the plans to build the 1,500 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Surry County, Virginia, that would mean cleaner water for the Chesapeake Bay, and cleaner air for the entire Mid-Atlantic region, including the Hampton Roads metropolitan area.

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