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Trump Bailout Set for Coal Plant with Politically Connected Fan

Dec. 8, 2017, 1:55 PM

Amy Coombs, who’s lived across the street from Pennsylvania’s largest coal-fired power plant for going on five decades, isn’t exactly overflowing with sentiment at its decline.

“As far as the dirt and the pollution,” she said, “I wouldn’t miss that at all.”

The biggest champion of the Bruce Mansfield generating plant in Shippingport is Robert E. Murray, founder and chief executive officer of Murray Energy Corp. The coal miner, based in nearby St. Clairsville, Ohio, is a prime supplier to the plant’s owner, FirstEnergy Corp. Murray and FirstEnergy have lobbied the Trump administration for an industry bailout, which would raise ...