Coal Mine Layoffs Latest Fallout at Kemper Power Plant

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DEKALB, Miss. (AP) — The company that supplies lignite coal to Mississippi Power Co.'s Kemper County power plant says it will lay off 75 workers at the mine. It's the latest fallout from the suspending the part of the plant that was supposed to gasify coal and remove pollutants. Mississippi Power has said it could lay off 250 workers at the plant. The utility's parent, Southern Co. wrote off $2.8 billion worth of gasifier investment when it announced quarterly earnings last week, adding to $3.1 billion it had lost earlier. "Obviously, any time you have a job loss as significant as that, it certainly has an effect," Craig Hitt, executive director of the Kemper County Economic Development Authority, told The Meridian Star . NACCO Industries of...

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