On October 11, 2017, the US Energy Department announced that the world’s largest coal-fired power plant, the 2.4 million-acre Kemper-Perry coal-burning power plant in Alabama, had begun decommissioning in order to reduce emissions from its emissions-producing tailings ponds.
The announcement was accompanied by an announcement that it would not restart production of the plant’s toxic waste.
The press release, released by the Department of Energy, included a list of “potential hazards” to the environment that it said could be posed by the Kemper facility, including a potential release of benzene, a carcinogen, as well as sulfur dioxide (SO2) that can damage air and water quality and lead to asthma attacks.
Although the press release noted that Kemper had not released any toxic waste into the atmosphere, its toxic waste disposal program had already begun.
A few days earlier, on October 3, 2017 , the New York Times published an article detailing the process by which Kemper operated.
According to the article, the facility, which has operated at least since 1977, began releasing its toxic wastewater in 1983.
It was decommissioned in 2008 after an inspection by the US Environmental Protection Agency, and then again in 2014 after the facility’s pollution was detected at a wastewater treatment plant.
However, in May 2018, the plant announced that it had decided to permanently close the plant after receiving a number of reports of health problems.
The Times article included a number more details on Kemper’s operations, including its pollution control facilities, including one that had been in operation since the 1970s.
At the time, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PHH) both had issued warnings about the Kempers health risks.
In its October 5, 2017 release, the EPA warned of the possible effects of SO2, which is a chemical that can be inhaled, and benzene and sulfur dioxide, which are two of the most toxic gases known to man.
“We can now confirm the Kempeners health and safety records have been updated for the most recent two years,” the department said in its release.
When the Kempingers plant announced it would close, the company said that it planned to start disposing of its hazardous waste and its toxic tailings in a landfill that it hoped to develop in nearby Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Harrisburg has been experiencing an increase in cases of COVID related to the coronavirus since the coronava outbreak began in late September.
But according to the EPA, the city has not received any new testing for SO2 since September 2017, when its air quality had been elevated.
For more information, check out this article from the New Yorker: The Kemper plant shuttered after the COVE-19 outbreak, and since then the city’s air quality has been in decline.
By July 2018, according to Pennsylvania health officials, Harrisburg had recorded the highest levels of the coronavia virus in the state since March 2017.
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[Read more: A History of COVE] While the Kempering plant had operated in the U.S. since at least the 1930s, the state of Pennsylvania had previously shut down its own power plant due to the health risks posed by COVID, and in 2009, the U,S.
Supreme Court ruled that the state was not obligated to continue producing power from coal.
The state did not receive any federal subsidies for coal production until 2019, after which Pennsylvania became one of the first states to shut down coal-generated electricity.
Even with these setbacks, Kemper continued to produce electricity, even as other coal plants shuttered in the United States.
In 2019, Kemperson announced plans to build a new coal-electricity plant at a site near Harrisburg.
Since then, Kempers pollution has increased.
On October 3 of this year, Kempered announced that its plant was about to close, citing an increased risk of airborne particulate matter (PM10), or PM10, from the tailings pond, and from nearby buildings.
[More: COVID Outbreak Timeline: Where to Follow Now, and When to Look] On August 22, 2020, the State of Pennsylvania announced that Kempers COVID transmission facility, located in the town of Wiesbaden, would shut down on September 6, 2020.
As of September 2, 2021, Kemps power plant had not produced any new coal since October 2016.
It will now be decommission.
Kemper will be shut down, and the plant will be demolished, and there will be no new coal production at the site, said the press statement