Ga. Power Plant Permit Delayed Over Emission Gaps

Law360, New York (April 21, 2011, 5:22 PM EDT) -- A Georgia administrative judge ruled Tuesday that the state’s environmental agency improperly issued Longleaf Energy Associates LLC a permit to operate a 1,200-megawatt coal power plant, saying some of the permit’s pollution limits weren’t enforceable.

Judge Stephanie Howells of the Office of State Administrative Hearings told the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to re-examine the permit after finding that gaps in the permit’s monitoring and reporting requirements could leave some hazardous air pollutant emissions unaccounted for.

The methods Longleaf and the EPD chose for measuring certain pollutants...
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