The Beckjord Generating Station sits 20 miles east of Cincinnati, just across the Ohio River from Kentucky. Unfortunately, the plant is now owned by Duke Energy, headquartered out of state in Charlotte, North Carolina. These days, the plant is destroying the health of the residents of the Queen City at an alarming rate. This plant’s pollution kills one person every two and half days.
On July 15, 2011, Duke energy announced that it would be closing down the plant by 2015. While it’s encouraging that Duke has recognized that the writing is on the wall for this plant, they need to take seriously the health of Cincinnatians and accelerate its retirement.
In the meantime, this plant is churning out tons of airborne pollution and creating tons of solid waste in the form of toxic coal ash that it stores directly on the Ohio river, with significant potential to compromise the water quality.
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