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Kentucky Power decides against billion-dollar scrubber plans

Kentucky Power surprised many Wednesday by filing a last-minute motion to withdraw its application to build a $1 billion scrubber at its Big Sandy plant in Louisa.

The plan had drawn heated debate during a public hearing at Pikeville High School in April. Those in favor of the project said it would produce an economic boom during its construction and would save coal, while those against it pointed out that low-income families would be unable to absorb the 30 percent rate increase and that the scrubber would actually reduce local coal jobs by enabling the utility to burn lower-cost, high-sulfur coal from Illinois and Pennsylvania.

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