STATUS: In progress
OPPOSITION: Sierra Club; Local citizens
BACKGROUND: In 2002 the developer proposed construction of a 600 megawatt, $1.5 billion coal plant in Monongalia County, West Virginia. In March 2004, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued an air permit for the project. In April Sierra Club and others appealed challenging the best available control technology (BACT) demonstration, mercury emission limits, and the mitigation measures for air quality impact to surrounding wilderness areas. The appeal was denied in 2005. The West Virginia Public Service Commission approved the facility in June 2006. In February 2007 opponents sued claiming the permit had expired prior to commencement of construction. This suit was dismissed in June. Construction is ongoing and the plant is expected to be operational by the middle of 2011. The plant as constructed is 695 megawatts and costs approximately $1.82 billion.
LAST UPDATED: December 7, 2010