Well... they aren't shutting down anything, Arkansas has plenty of power, but we are the only ones in the region that have lax enough laws to build these things, so we export to OK, LA, TX. We are building it in our backyard so they can have cheap power.
Our other problem is we asked them for the best technology, and they said it wasn't cost effective enough for a state like AR. Our Dept. Environmental Quality has turned them down twice because they started construction without air permits, and their initial proposal contained all the latest technology to calculate the pollution estimates while they are in fact using none of the new technology. They keep coming back trying to get into our wetlands, that's right, of all the places to put it, they are putting it smack in the middle of one of our pristine wetland areas!
I understand where you are coming from Russ, but Swepco basically told us, "yes we have new technology, but you guys don't deserve it." I know of a few old plants they are retrofitting, and I'm not as angry about that as this brand new facility with tech from the 50's.
It's tough here, we don't have many current options for new energy, not a lot of wind, not enough sun to be efficient except on small scale, and the other methods are pricey and questionable. It is hard to convince locals that it isn't our job to provide power to other states at the cost of our own land, air, and water.