Dresden Power Station, the largest coal-fired power plant in the U.S., is shutting down for safety reasons, and officials are asking the public to help save it.
The plant is a $1.6 billion project that will supply power to more than 100,000 customers and power 1 million homes in the northern part of the state.
Dresden’s shutdown comes less than two months after a massive explosion killed more than a dozen people at the plant.
The blast was caused by a pressure leak in the plant’s coal-burning coal-turbine system, which is a large structure that uses steam to burn coal.
Officials have been trying to save the power plant for years, but the federal government has been pushing to build a power plant that will allow it to remain operational after the 2020 Census.
In December, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency to begin construction of a new power plant near the power station.
The EPA has been working on the project for the past six years.
“The EPA’s recent decision to start construction of the replacement for the coal-to-electricity plant near Dresdens power plant is long overdue,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a statement Friday.
“The EPA is committed to ensuring that Dresdin Power Station can continue to operate after the completion of the new plant, and that the project will have the safety and reliability it needs to serve its customers and provide a secure, reliable source of power to consumers.”
Officials are asking people to help stop the shutdown by visiting the Dresdn Power Station’s website and calling the DResden Power Plant at 202-456-5121.