BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - The Tennessee Valley Authority is tearing down a vacant coal-fired power plant in Bowling Green that has sat empty since the agency purchased it in 1942.

TVA Project Manager Donald Crabtree told The Daily News in Bowling Green that the property will be used to enlarge a nearby switchyard (http://bit.ly/u7uZ8s).

The facility near the Barren River sits in the shadow of TVA's current switchyard, as well as another power station, which belongs to Bowling Green Municipal Utilities.

TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said the deconstruction marks the first time a TVA coal plant has been dismantled in decades.

In July, TVA deconstructed the Watts Bar Fossil Plant in Rhea County in eastern Tennessee. The Watts Bar facility was shut down in 1983 and was deteriorating.

 

Information from: Daily News, http://www.bgdailynews.com

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