Environmentalists Slam USDA For Tax-Funded Coal

Law360, New York (July 31, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A trio of conservation groups has sued the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and two heads of the Rural Utilities Services wing of the department over federal funding for what it calls an environmentally irresponsible and unnecessary coal plant.

The RUS unveiled in May its plan to fund 85% of the $600 million needed to build the Highwood Generating Station near Great Falls, Mont. According to the groups suing, the plant will generate more than six times what area residents need in power and in the process...
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