Legal Hurdles In The Pursuit Of New Energy Sources

Law360, New York (December 2, 2011, 3:52 PM EST) -- On Nov. 3, 2011, the proposed Avenal Energy Project, a 600-megawatt natural-gas-fired power plant proposed in the city of Avenal near Kettleman City in Kings County, Calif., encountered another legal challenge to providing electricity to the southern San Joaquin Valley.

The Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity, and Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice challenged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's issuance of a "prevention of significant deterioration" (PSD) permit for the Avenal project via a "petition for review" filed with the Ninth Circuit Court of...
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