DENDRON, Va. (AP) - A utility has suspended its plan to build a $6 billion coal- fired power plant in Surry County.
The Daily Press ( http://bit.ly/QQLHfe) reports Old Dominion Electric Cooperative cites changes in market conditions and Environmental Protection Agency regulations on mercury emissions for halting its permitting activity.
Company spokesman David Hudgins says work on the 1,500-megawatt plant may resume in a few years, depending on whether the EPA's carbon emissions reductions for new power plants are upheld.
Hudgins says Old Dominion also is evaluating alternative power supply sources, such as natural gas. But he says Surry County has no infrastructure available for natural gas.
Information from: Daily Press, http://www.dailypress.com
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