OPPOSITION: Earth First, Sierra Club, Ohio Environmental Council, Meigs Citizens Action Now!, Ohio Citizen Action, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Parks Conservation Council, Ohio Student Environmental Coalition, Mountain Justice Spring Break
BACKGROUND: In 2003, the developer proposed constructing the $2.9 billion American Municipal Power Generating Station (AMPGS), a 1,000-megawatt coal-fired power plant project located in near the Ohio River in Meigs County, Ohio. The project was expected to employ 800-1,000 workers during construction, employ 150 full-time employees, and bring an estimated $20 million per year to the area economy.
A number of special interest groups opposed the project due to development and alleged environmental impacts, particularly CO2 and hazardous air pollutant emissions. Even so, the project received the requisite air emissions and development permits. The special interest groups sued.
The Ohio State government strongly supported the project, providing a $30 million loan to support development from the State’s federal stimulus funding. Nevertheless, in November 2009 the developer cancelled the project because construction costs had increased to an estimated $4 billion. In September 2010, the developer announced plans to construct a 600 megawatt gas plant on the site with operations planned for 2014.
LAST UPDATED: December 1, 2010