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Beech Hollow Coal Plant, PA

STATUS: In progress, with opposition

TYPE: Coal

OPPOSITION: Sierra Club; Environmental Integrity Project; RAPP (Residents Against the Power Plant); local citizens

PROSPECTS: Indeterminate

BACKGROUND:  The developer proposed a 272 megawatt, approximate $800 million waste coal plant in Washington County, Pennsylvania. State air emission permits were approved in 2005.  In 2006, local officials approved the construction plan.  In March 2008, Sierra Club and others filed a notice of intention to sue Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) contending the Beech Hollow permit had been “rushed through” the approval process circumventing public comment and review.  In June, the opponents petitioned DEP to revoke the permit for failure to include a MACT determination and DEP ordered the developer submit a MACT determination by September 15.  The developer apparently did so.  However, in January 2010, DEP revoked the permit because plant construction had lapsed for more than eighteen months.   

SOURCES: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06257/721752-58.stmhttp://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/r/9245638/detail.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS183482+06-Mar-2008+PRN20080306 
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08230/904372-58.stmhttp://www.actionforchangetoday.org/actionforchangetoday/News_&_Presentations_files/Robinson_Power_Plant.pdf   

LAST UPDATED:  December 6, 2010