OPPOSITION: Sierra Club
BACKGROUND: Little Gypsy was a proposed 530 MW coal plant in Montz, Louisiana. The developer, Entergy Corp., planed to retrofit the plant from natural gas to coal due to high natural gas prices. The Louisiana Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the refit in late 2007.
In April 2008, Sierra Club notified Entergy of its intent to sue the company under the Clean Air Act for exceeding the maximum allowance for mercury, lead, and arsenic emissions. As a result, Entergy delayed construction. On June 20, the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in state court challenging the PSC’s approval.
Louisiana issued a final Title V/MACT determination permit in February 2009. In March, the PSC directed Entergy to temporarily suspend work on the project and to review the economics of retrofitting the plant. On April 1, Sierra Club and others filed a state court appeal of this permit because it would allegedly allow the proposed plant to emit hazardous air pollutants, such as mercury, hydrochloric acid, and hydrofluoric acid, without meeting maximum emission control standards required under the Clean Air Act and state regulations. On April 2, Entergy announced it agreed with the State to delay the project for at least three years. On October 29, Entergy asked the PSC for approval to abandon the project entirely. In its request, Entergy also asked the commission for approval to bill its customers for the shut down costs, which it estimated at $208 million.
LAST UPDATED: November 22, 2010