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Shimkus Statement on Dynergy Shutdown of Baldwin & Newton Power Stations

WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), a senior Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement in reaction to Houston, Texas-based Dynergy’s decision to shut down multiple central and southern Illinois coal-fired power plants:

“The Democrats’ War on Coal has threatened to devastate two more communities in Illinois with this announcement that power plants in Baldwin and Newton will be retired. The heartbreaking trend of power plant shutdowns and mine closures across the country is the not merely the result of market forces, but of a deliberate campaign by the environmental left to keep America’s most abundant source of reliable electricity in the ground.

“My thoughts will remain with the workers, families and communities who depend on coal and coal-fired power as I continue to fight to block and repeal the Democrats’ anti-coal policies that are devastating rural America.”