As the community continues to worry about the long-term environmental and economic development impact of the now shuttered power plants in southern Adams County, the Informer obtained documents this week that shed some light on what the future may hold.
In letters sent to the Ohio EPA, legal counsel for AES Ohio Generation, the parent company of DP&L, officially gave notice to state regulators that the JM Stuart Station and Killen Station will be transferred to Kingfisher Development Company LLC. The documents also say that as soon as the Solid Waste Facility License is transferred that Kingfisher Development LLC will be responsible for all terms and conditions of the License.
An internet search does not show that Kingfisher is registered with the Ohio Secretary of State. However the search does show that, on October 24, 2019 a limited liability company named Kingfisher Development LLC was registered in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
The letters to the EPA refer to Jay Clayton and Ron Froh as officials representing Kingfisher with an address in Fenton, Missouri. Ron Froh and Jay Clayton are listed as principals on the website of Commercial Liability Partners LLC at the same address in Fenton, Missouri.
According to their website Commercial Liability Partners LLC also has ownership of the closed Beckjord Power Plant in Clermont County and the closed AEP Muskingum River Power Plant in Washington County.
There is no indication if the Ohio EPA will hold public hearing on the matter so that government officials and community leaders can be informed.
Stuart and Killen Stations in Adams County closed last year and a skeleton staff remains at the facilities. Earlier this year an auction was held for some of the heavy equipment and supplies that were used at the plants. While the plants were in operation they employed nearly 700 people.