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Plant Mitchell to improve mercury output

Dougherty County -- Georgia Power says it will improve Plant Mitchell, following orders from the federal government to cut mercury pollution at all coal burning power plants by nearly 50 percent.

Georgia Power says there are no plans to close Plant Mitchell, one of their older and smaller power generating plants.

 The Bush Administration ordered the nation's 600 coal burning power plants to cut mercury pollutants in half in the next 15 years. Georgia Power says they will have to spend more than one billion dollars to make improvements to meet those requirements.

Georgia Power spokesperson Lolitta Browning said "Plant Mitchell will not be immediately impacted. Right now we are looking at addressing our larger plants first."

Georgia Power says Plant Mitchell will meet federal requirements as soon as possible.

A number of national environmental groups say the President's plan does not cut mercury pollutants enough.

posted by jimw@walb.com

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