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TVA Proposes To Retire Memphis' Allen Coal Plant

TVA Proposes To Retire Memphis' Allen Coal Plant

CREATED Jul 3, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Valley Authority said it is going to begin taking public comment on a proposal to retire the coal-fired Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis and replace it with a natural gas facility.

TVA spokesman Chris Stanley said Wednesday that the proposal is a step in the process of replacing the coal plant with a natural gas plant. The final decision rests with the TVA's board, which could vote on the proposal at an Aug. 21 meeting.

TVA committed to install emission controls or retire Allen's coal units by December 2018 under a 2011 agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce emissions across its coal-fired generating fleet.

The utility has faced pressure from environmental groups to retire the Allen plant.

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