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Tenaska Sallisaw Plant, Oklahoma

STATUS: Canceled

TYPE: Coal

OPPOSITION: Sierra Club, Sequoyah County Clean Air Coalition; local citizens


BACKGROUND: In 2006 the developer proposed a 500 – 600 mega-watt coal-fired generating plant on the Sallisaw landfill in Sallisaw, Oklahoma.  Construction costs were estimated at more than $1 billion.

The developer cancelled the project in July 2007 without applying for state permits citing rising steel and other construction costs, though it suggested it might construct a gas plant in the future.  Local citizens and Indian tribes opposed development due to potential coal ash and hazardous air pollutant emissions.  Sierra Club lists cancellation as a “victory” on its “Stopping the Coal Rush” website.

SOURCES: http://www.cherokeephoenix.org/2554/Article.aspx

LAST UPDATED:  December 3, 2010