Barack Obama’s EPA killed another 500 jobs in Texas. The largest power plant operator announced it would cut the jobs due to Obama’s latest regulations. But don’t worry. Obama’s green energy sector ought to pick up steam any day now.
Fule Fix reported:
The largest power plant operator in Texas says it is closing two large coal-fired units in order to meet pending environmental rules and has filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency in an effort to block the rules.
Dallas-based Luminant said today it will close Units 1 and 2 at the Monticello Power Plant in Northeast Texas, taking about 1,200 megawatts of capacity offline, in order to comply with the Cross-State Air Pollution rules that go into effect on Jan. 1.
Unit 3 at Monticello will switch over to using only coal from Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, meaning operations at two nearby lignite mines will stop.
At the Big Brown power plant in Freestone County, Units 1 and 2 will switch over to Powder River Basin coal and the nearby lignite mines will close.
The moves will lead to about 500 job cuts, the company said.
“While Luminant is making preparations to meet the rule’s compliance deadline, this morning it also filed a legal challenge in an effort to protect facilities and employees, and to minimize the harm this rule will cause to electric reliability in Texas,” the company said in a statement.