The U.S. Department of Energy provided $407 million in financing for the Kemper plant.

The promise of a facility in Kemper County that could use technology to reduce carbon emissions and harness the abundant supply of lignite coal to power homes drew interest from around globe. But after the plant’s owner announced it was ending the project after missed budgets and deadlines, a deeper look reveals that design flaws and construction problems were known well in advance of the project’s collapse, a new report says.

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Harvey Parson

Harvey Parson, a native of Prairie, Miss., served as managing editor at Mississippi Today from September 2017 until July 2020. He worked with newsroom leaders to oversee editorial production and staff development while leading the effort to partner with other newsrooms. A graduate of Mississippi State University, Harvey came to our newsroom with more than 30 years of experience in journalism, during which he worked at Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette.