STATUS: Indefinitely postponed
OPPOSITION: Nevada Sierra Club, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Nevada Clean Energy Campaign; Nevada Conservation League, Western Resource Advocates, Bristlecone Alliance, Sevier Citizens for Clean Air and Water, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, Great Basin Resource Watch, Post Carbon Salt Lake, Nevada Wildlife Federation, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, Western Resource Advocates and the National Parks Conservation Association.
BACKGROUND: LS Power filed its initial application for the White Pine Energy station, a 1,600-megawatt coal-fired power plant, with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in February 2006. The final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project was released in October 2008. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) granted final approval in October 2008. In January 2009, Sierra Club and others appealed the BLM approval alleging environmental damage due to hazardous air, particulate, and CO2 emissions. In March LS Power announced it had “indefinitely postponed” construction of the project because of poor economic conditions and increasing regulatory uncertainty.
Construction costs were estimated at approximately $2.5 billion.
LAST UPDATED: November 29, 2010