Springfield utility to halt some coal burning for now
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The City Utilities power plant at Lake Springfield will be burning natural gas, not coal, for now as the utility studies new federal rules.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in December announced new rules regulating how utilities store and monitor coal ash and other residue. City Utilities said in a release it's studying how the rules will affect operations when they take effect in mid-October.
City Utilities burns coal at the James River Power Station and at new John Twitty Energy Center in Springfield.
CU said the utility will stop burning coal and will use natural gas until further notice at the James River station beginning Oct. 15.
The Springfield News-Leader reports CU is studying whether to make the change permanent.
The change isn't expected to increase customers' costs.