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Coal cutbacks: Staff will be cut at aging TVA plants

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TVA's fossil fuel power plants in the southeastern United States. Graphic by Laura McNutt/Times Free Press TVA's fossil fuel power plants in the southeastern United States. Graphic by Laura McNutt/Times Free Press
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(Times Free Press) -- As the Tennessee Valley Authority retires some of its oldest coal-fired power plants, the agency is trying to entice some of the older workers at its fossil plants to also retire.

TVA spokesman Mike Bradley said Monday the federal utility is talking with employees at TVA's 11 coal plants about a retirement option designed to cut some of the 2,400 jobs in TVA's coal division.

"For environmental and economic reasons, we are making some strategic decisions about idling or retiring some of our coal units," Bradley said. "As we proceed with these idlings across our coal fleet, there are going to be reductions in the number of positions needed."

Bradley said the number and timing of the staff cuts is still being determined and he declined to specify details of any early retirement incentives.

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