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Study questions coal-fired power plant job counts



CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A report by the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies in Chattanooga shows that coal-fired power plants do not always live up to predicted counts of construction and permanent jobs.


The report released Thursday shows there are 37 proposed coal-fired power plants under development.

The center analyzed the largest coal-powered plants that became operational between 2005 and 2009. At those six locations -- in Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, South Carolina and Wisconsin -- analyses of employment data and labor retention rates showed that only the plant in Iowa had an increase in construction employment that matched the predicted level.

Ochs Center President and CEO David Eichenthal said communities where coal plants are being proposed should be on notice that the accompanying job promises are not always kept.

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