OPPOSITION: Sierra Club
PROSPECTS: Prolonged delay
BACKGROUND: In January 2008 the developer announced a 300 megawatt waste coal plant in Shade Township, Pennsylvania. It estimated that the project would create 1,200 jobs during construction and provide more than 165 permanent jobs. Construction costs were estimated at approximately $900 million. The developer had submitted its air emissions permit in December 2007. However, by summer 2008 financing was unavailable. In February 2009 the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) rejected the permit due to concerns regarding sulfur dioxide and hazardous air pollutants emissions. The developer estimated the rejection added a year of delay and approximately $500,000.00 in cost. The permit has not been resubmitted.
There does not appear to be local opposition to the project, which could result in substantial environmental benefit by properly using and disposing of waste coal “drainage” from area mines. However, Sierra Club lists this project as a “victory” on its “Stopping the Coal Rush” website.
LAST UPDATED: December 3, 2010