Many people living in Marshall County are happy with the approval of an air quality permit for a proposed natural gas-fired power plant to be constructed in Moundsville.
State regulators from the Department of Environmental Protection gave a legal notice that says the plant is authorized to annually give off certain levels of pollutants. This includes 145 tons of nitrogen oxide and 209 tons of carbon monoxide.
The power plant will cost about 615 million dollars and will generate 549 megawatts, Local residents seem excited about the benefits the new power plant will bring.
“I think it’s great. Anytime the government can approve something that’s going to put people to work, and get clean air out of it, is wonderful,” said Glen Dale resident Fred Blair.
“Anytime that we can get something going forward from the government that’s going to help increase employment and increase the economic development to the area, I think that’s super,” said Moundsville resident Fred Brunner.
The new power plant will be located on a 37 and a half acre site south of Moundsville along the Ohio River. They plan to begin construction this next fall and is expected to create 400 construction jobs and 30 full-time jobs.