Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Enviros win round 1 against TXU's east-central Texas coal plant

Led by Environmental Defense and the Texas Chapter of Public Citizen, environmental activists have turned back, for now, an application to build the 1,720-megawatt, lignite/coal-fired power plant in Franklin, Texas. Their inputs played a role in two Administrative Law Judges ruling Aug. 24 that Dallas-based utility TXU failed to demonstrate that planned pollution controls would enable the plant to meet state-proposed emission rates for nitrogen oxides and mercury.

This plant, and several other coal-fired generating stations planned by TXU in the face of growing concerns about global warming, had been the subject of Wall Street Journal page one story earlier in the month. The case now goes before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a final order, expected this fall.

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