Logansport coal plant to stay shuttered despite President Donald Trump changes

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LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana coal-fired power plant that was shut down by President Barack Obama‘s emissions restrictions won’t start up again under President Donald Trump‘s unwinding of environmental rules.

The Logansport Pharos-Tribune reports that the Logansport Municipal Utilities’ power plant burned through the last of its coal in January 2016 before shutting down because it couldn’t meet Obama’s guidelines to curb climate change. Duke Energy Indiana is now contracted to supply all of the utility company’s power through 2018.

Utility Superintendent Paul Hartman says the executive order Trump signed Tuesday aiming to dismantle Obama’s climate rules still won’t allow the power plant to fire up with coal again. Hartman says that because the power plant was not equipped to face Obama’s rules, it didn’t have the intent of restarting and has been free of operation and preservation for over a year.

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