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Associated Electric Cooperative, Norborne Coal Plant, MO

STATUS: Canceled

TYPE: Coal

OPPOSITION: Sierra Club, Missouri Coalition for the Environment, Concerned Citizens of Carroll County, United Steel Workers, Blue Green Alliance, Columbia Climate Change Coalition, Burroughs Audubon, Citizens for Environmental Action, Concerned Citizens of Platte County, Sustainable Sanctuary Coalition of Kansas City, True Blue Women, Missourians for Safe Energy, Missouri Coalition for the Environment, The American Lung Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility


BACKGROUND: The developer proposed a 660 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Carroll County, Missouri, in 2005. The final EIS was issued in July 2007.  Air permit hearings were held in October.  In February 2008, a permit to construct was issued.  However, in March the developer announced that it was “delaying indefinitely” its plans to build the plant “due to increasing costs and other uncertainties.”  It stated: 

[P]roject costs have significantly increased in less than three years and are now estimated at $2 billion due to worldwide demand for engineering, skilled labor, equipment and materials. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service, a traditional funding source for rural electric cooperatives, is currently unable to finance baseload generation for cooperatives….private lending would further increase project costs. There also is increasing uncertainty in the regulatory environment, and Congress continues to debate the environmental and economic impact of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, making the cost of reducing carbon dioxide from power plants unknown.

Sierra Club and others opposed the project due to alleged health effects and CO2 emissions.

SOURCES: http://www.aeci.org/NR20080303.aspx 
http://missouri.sierraclub.org/PressReleases/pr2007/Norbonne.HTM http://www.epa.gov/Region7/air/nsr/archives/2008/finalpermits/aeci_norborne_final_psd_permit.pdf 

LAST UPDATED:  November 25, 2010