The coal plant in Shamokin Dam, Pa., is a local landmark that delivered electricity to this region for more than six decades. It closed in 2014, and the state hopes to lure new businesses to the site. Nearly 300 coal-fired power plants have been "retired" since 2010, according to the Sierra Club . It’s a trend that continues despite President Trump’s support for coal . That has left many communities worried that those now-idled places will simply be mothballed. "We don’t want to see sites like this rust away, be eyesores on the community and offer no real tax revenue going forward, no employment opportunities," says Denise Brinley, executive director at the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Energy. Her state has seen 14 coal plants shut down in the past nine years. As a result, the Department of Community and Economic Development has created a plan for redeveloping some of them. The agency produces promotional "playbooks" that outline the characteristics of a site — both the benefits and drawbacks — and then offers ideas for what kinds of businesses might locate there. One of the first plans is for a stretch of about 219 acres along the Susquehanna River in […]


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