Murray Energy Corp. will idle the KenAmerican Resources Inc. Paradise No. 9 mine effective immediately due to market conditions, the company said. All employees affected during this idle period have been notified, and to the extent possible, positions at the company’s other operations have been offered.

In recent years, Ohio’s Murray Energy Corp. has supplied most of the steam coal to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Paradise Steam Plant Unit 3. On February 14, the TVA’s board of directors voted 6-1 to retire the last remaining unit at the plant in Muhlenberg County. The 971-megawatt facility will be retired by December 31, 2020.