These power plants help tell a complex story of what happens when regulations written in Washington ripple through the real economy. Some jobs are lost. Others are created.
The Pleasants Power Station, operated by Allegheny Energy in Belmont, W.Va., is one of several coal-fired power plants along the Ohio River. Many coal-fired plants are facing new environmental regulations that take effect in the next couple of years. This power plant was the site of one of the deadliest construction accidents in U.S. history. In 1978, scaffolding on one of the cooling towers collapsed during construction, killing 51 workers. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post Buy Photo