Chamois power plant facing closure

By the end of the year, Chamois will likely lose its major employer, the Chamois Power Plant, because of tougher EPA regulations and the increasing delivery cost of coal.

The community will gather at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss the outlook for the power plant, as well as the potential impact on the town of 396 people. As of Wednesday night, officials were uncertain if the meeting would be held in the Chamois Community Center or at the high school.

The coal-fired power plant, which is owned by Central Electric Power Cooperative, will likely be scheduled for closure due to several factors, including the cost of updating the plant to abide by proposed EPA regulations and an imminent increase in the delivered cost of coal.

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