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Plant Mitchell a step closer to converting to biomass

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia Power took another step Tuesday toward changing Plant Mitchell from a coal-fired power plant to one that uses renewable biomass wood.

The Georgia Public Service Commission voted unanimously Tuesday for the changeover. That switch will create as many as 75 jobs and provide a way to use a resource that's currently dumped in landfills. It's not the final hurdle for the company. That will come next year from the Environmental Protection Division.

"We are still working with the EPD on the air permit that has been sent to them and it will be probably this time next year before we hear back from them," said Jay Smith of Georgia Power.

To help make the conversion possible, the Payroll Development Authority approved a resolution to make 130-million dollars in low interest bonds available to Georgia Power for the project.

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