Billboard campaign targets Kemper Co. power plant

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Representatives of the Sierra Club and other opponents of the Kemper County power plant gathered in downtown Gulfport Wednesday afternoon. The group included Ruth Story from the Gulfport NAACP and former State Senator Bob Usey. They joined Louie Miller of the Sierra Club in speaking out against Mississippi Power Company's Kemper County project.

Opponents unveiled a new digital billboard message that says, "Stop the Kemper Coal plant money pit."

"This is clearly a $5 billion boondoggle bailout," Miller said. "It's not in the interests of the economy, it's not in the interests of the environment, and it's not in the interests of the people of the Gulf Coast to pick up the tab."

"And we, the poorest people in the nation, will pay for all of this?" Story asked. "It's just unbelievable, and it should not happen. And the people of this state need to wake up and understand what is being done to them."

Tuesday, Mississippi Power announced the Kemper plant won't go online for another year, and construction costs are going up. Company officials say the latest figure for plant construction is $4.2 billion, up from $3.8 billion in July.

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