Sutton deadly explosion

One man died after an explosion at the Sutton coal-fired power plant in North Carolina.

Progress Energy, the plant’s owner, said the employee was performing maintenance on Unit 1 at the 600 MW power plant when the explosion occurred. There is no word on what caused the blast.

Progress Energy announced plans to retire the three units at the Sutton plant in 2009 and build a 620 MW combined-cycle power plant at the site. The new plant is scheduled to begin operating in 2014.

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