No steam is visible from the Tennessee Valley Authority Paradise Fossil Pant Sunday morning as a new dawn rises on Muhlenberg County. The surviving Unit 3 was decommissioned on Saturday at 1:46 p.m. The TVA Board voted nearly a year ago to shutter Unit 3. Jim Phelps, engineering manager at Paradise, said Monday crews will now spend the next 18 to 24 months preparing the facility for demolition. About 125 TVA workers are affected by the closure, though all will transition to other TVA operations, Phelps said. (Leader-News photo/Greg Lamb)

The end of an era came at 1:46 p.m. Saturday afternoon in a control room at Paradise Fossil Plant near Drakesboro, as retired Tennessee Valley Authority operator Jim Chappell took Unit 3 offline.

Chappell was the electrical control wing operator that placed the coalfired Unit 3 in service in February 1970. He said Monday, when first asked to take the unit out of service, he resisted.

*For more information, see the February 4 edition of the Leader-News.


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