Coal Plant Public Hearing

For some residents of Taylor County, a future with a new power plant is not so bright.

There was a packed middle school auditorium for a town hall meeting Thursday. People on both sides of the issue were having their say, including project manager Mike Lawson who gave a detailed presentation on the plant's benefits to the county.

“It's not going to harm people; it’s state of the art technology. We are going to be responsible citizens, employ the community, and it's going to be a huge impact for this area."

Project officials say at the peak of construction, the new plant will create some 1500 temporary jobs. Those who oppose the plant say they aren't buying it. They gave a presentation of their own, one detailing serious health concerns.

"I don't want to have to worry about when I go outside, what I'm breathing in, or what I'm not breathing in."

The coal plant is set to be up and running in less than 10 years.