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Dominion Virginia Power to close last unit at Yorktown

Dominion Virginia Power to close last unit at Yorktown

Once a workhorse for Dominion Virginia Power, an oil-burning generating unit at the Yorktown power plant that the utility had hoped to modernize instead will be closed by 2020. A regulatory filing Wednesday detailing Dominion's latest 15-year operating and investment plan calls for the closing of the Yorktown 3 oil unit, in addition to Dominion's existing plan to close the two coal burning units at the plant. Dominion employs 108 people at Yorktown. A new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule limiting the amount of mercury, lead and other toxic compounds power plants can release into the air led Dominion to decide to close the coal units. It has an exemption to operate them...

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