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Power plant closures to cost US towns jobs, taxes
Long expected but no less dreaded, shutdown of 32 US power plants to cost towns jobs, taxes
By The Associated Press

An Associated Press analysis has found more than 32 mostly coal-fired power plants in a dozen states will be forced to close ' and others are at risk ' because of new federal air pollution regulations taking effect in 2014-2015.

And the impact is greatest in the Midwest and coal belt states such as Virginia and West Virginia, where dozens of units are likely to shut down.

Take the coal-fired plant in Glen Lyn, Va., operating for more than 90 years. It has generated nearly a quarter of the revenue in the town's $1 million budget and 44 jobs will be lost.

The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated 14.7 gigawatts ' enough power for more than 11 million households ' will be retired under new rules though no lights will go dark.

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