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Lila Barrera-Hernández, Barry Barton, Lee Godden, Alastair Lucas, and Anita Rønne

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198767954

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767954.001.0001

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Small Towns, Big Projects

Small Towns, Big Projects

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Sharing the Costs and Benefits of Energy and Resource Activity

Donald N. Zillman

Simon Beirne

Elizabeth Elsbach

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines two “Small Towns, Big Projects” experiences, which refer to large energy projects located in small communities, as well as the problems arising from such mismatches. The first project discussed is the Maine Yankee Atomic Power Plant in Wiscasset, Maine. After a generally successful two decades of operation, the plant ran afoul of safety concerns and the economics of power production. It ceased operation in 1997, leaving the community with significant clean up burdens. The second is the Intermountain Power Project (IPP), a coal-fired electric generating plant in rural Millard County, Utah. The IPP began production in 1986 and remains in operation today. However, it faces environmental and cost concerns faced by all coal-fired plants in 2016.

Keywords:   large energy projects, small communities, Maine Yankee Atomic Power Plant, Intermountain Power Project, environmental concerns, economic concerns, safety concerns

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