SHIPPINGPORT, Pa. (KNNP) – On November 7th, FirstEnergy will be “switching off” the last coal-fire power plant in Beaver County for good.
According to reports, FirstEnergy originally planned to shut the plant down around 2021, but they have since decided to close it 2 years earlier than expect. More than 200 employees will be without work as the plant closes suddenly in just a few months.
The Bruce Mansfield Power Plant, originally commissioned in 1976, served the region with electricity.
Units 1 and 2 were decommissioned on February 5th, 2019. The entire plant produced 830 MegaWatts of electricity.
In August 2017, a deadly combination of hydrogen sulfide was released in the air during a repair process, killing 2 workers and injuring 4 others. OSHA fined FirstEnergy over $75,000 for this incident, stating FirstEnergy never provided the workers with respiratory protection PPE.
In January 2018, a fire occured at the Bruce Mansfield plant that caused units 1 and 2 to become decomissioned earlier than expected.
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