STATUS: In progress with opposition
OPPOSITION: Sierra Club, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and the Southern Environmental Law Center
BACKGROUND: In July 2007, the developer proposed construction of a 585 megawatt, $1.6 billion coal plant in St. Paul, Virginia. Sierra Club and others sued claiming the project would emit harmful pollutants and cause destructive coal mining activities. A hearing on the plant was held in January 2008. In March the Virginia State Corporation Commission issued a certificate of need and project opponents sued in State Court to overturn the approval. In June the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board issued air permits and the opponents sued in State court to overturn them claiming that CO2 limits were required and that a maximum available control (MACT) technology demonstration was needed. Construction began in August. In April 2009 the Virginia Supreme Court denied Sierra Club’s appeal of the certificate of need. In August a State court denied the CO2 claim but agreed a MACT demonstration with respect to mercury was required. In September DEQ issued a revised permit. Sierra Club and others appealed the CO2 claim to the Virginia Supreme Court. In May 2010 the appeal was denied.
Project completion is scheduled for the summer of 2012.
LAST UPDATED: December 7, 2010