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Completion of the power plant in Kemper County was more than three years behind schedule.

Regulators delay vote on Mississippi Power coal ash plan

Mississippi utility regulators aren’t quite ready to vote on an $82 million plan for Mississippi Power Co. to close coal ash disposal areas in Gulfport.

The Public Service Commission Tuesday delayed action on the plan until at least Dec. 15, questioning whether rules might change under incoming President Donald Trump.

Mississippi Power, a unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., says it’s already done about a third of the work to close a coal ash pond and coal ash landfill at Plant Watson in Gulfport. The company stopped burning coal there last year.

Company attorney Ricky Cox says even if federal rules change, the company must do much of the work under existing state law.

Mississippi Power’s ratepayers would be required to pay for the work over time, although not immediately.

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