New Problems From Coal Plant?

There are new concerns surrounding the coal-fired power plant slated for Taylor County.

Many residents and city officials in Perry worry about traffic jams the proposed plant will cause.

Five to six trains per week would be required to deliver coal via railroad. Each train would be approximately 100 cars long.

Perry Mayor Emily Ketring says, "I think it could hurt the quality of life because right now our trains are averaging about three to three and a half minutes, and these will be about eight and a half minutes."

Mark McCain, spokesperson for the Taylor Energy Center, says, "We're keenly aware of the potential impact this could have on the downtown traffic. Even though the trains may not start rolling until 2012, we're beginning now to look at options for minimizing the impact that the railroad would have on downtown traffic."

The city council is looking into funding to have the trains bypass downtown altogether.