|The J.M. Stuart Station, seen from the Kentucky shore of the Ohio River, is the largest coal-fired power plant to have been closed in the United States. It was one of 19 that closed last year. (Photo by Luke Sharrett, The Washington Post)|
one of the poorest corners of Ohio, the death of a coal plant can leave an unmistakable void. When the Stuart and Killen stations closed last year, with them went the area’s highest-paying jobs, its largest employers, its biggest taxpayers and, in many ways, its lifeblood." The plants employed 700.
“It’s devastating, really, to be honest,” Adams County Sheriff Kimmy Rogers told the Post. “The only thing we had going for us, really, were the power plants.” Rogers "has fewer deputies than when he started in 2010 and, during some shifts, has only two to cover 583 square miles," the Post reports.