MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (2/1/20) — The last of the three coal-fired units at Paradise Fossil Plant is history.

TVA workers at Unit 3 burned the last of the coal today at the steam plant that opened more than a half-century ago. Units 1 and 2 were replaced with hi-tech natural gas units in 2017, largely due to economical and environmental reasons, according to the company.

TVA reports retiree Jim Chappell, an electrical control wing operator since 1970 at the plant, was at the controls to take Unit 3 offline at 1:46 p.m. today.

TVA stated it operates to meet future demand of power distribution, and commended the Paradise workers for their services.

Paradise opened in 1963. Muhlenberg County was once the world’s top coal producer in the 1970s, until the coal era began to phase out in the late 1980s-90s.

One of the first commercial coal mines in the state opened in the 1820s near the town called “Paradise,” as John Prine described in a 1971 song: “ … Down by the Green River, where Paradise lay.”

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