Other Georgia Power-owned coal-fired units are already installing new environmental controls to meet the EPA's new pollution standards. And in Georgia's communities that are abandoning coal, folks are wondering why their plants are going dark while others are being upgraded.
Down on Robinson Road, in Chester Allen's rusted-out neighborhood, Justin Anderson looks up from his beer and the racecar. Despite Georgia Power's promise that no jobs will be lost, some folks have already been let go from Plant Yates, he said.
"A couple of our good friends used to work there," said Anderson, who grew up across from Plant Yates. "It sucks for them."
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