Will EPD cut Plant Washington slack – again – or finally cut it loose?

The saga of one of the last two proposed new conventional coal-fired power plants in the nation continued to approach its inevitable end this spring, as the air quality permit’s deadline to commence construction passed with no shovels in sight, and plant developer Power4Georgians (P4G) requested yet another extension.

If the state Environmental Protection Division (EPD) denies the extension, it could be the end of a long, long road that wasn’t wise to go down in the first place. And it would prevent any further waste of scarce agency resources.

Another hurdle for “dormant” Plant Washington

Katherine Helms Cummings leads the fight to stop Plant Washington from her home in Washington County, Georgia. She is Executive Director of the Fall-Line Alliance for a Clean Environment (FACE) and writes the Rural and Progressive blog where this article first appeared. The Carbon Pollution Standards for new power plants announced by the Environmental Protection […]

Who made Georgia’s Dirty Dozen list? Coal and nuclear plants, that’s who!

Last week Georgia’s leading water protection group, the Georgia Water Coalition, of which Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is an active partner, announced the “Dirty Dozen” for 2013, highlighting 12 of the year’s worst offenses to Georgia’s waters. The annual Dirty Dozen report shines a spotlight on state policies and failures that ultimately harm […]

Plant Washington’s bumpy road just got bumpier

In yet another indication that the proposed coal-fired Plant Washington is not viable, developer Dean Alford told plant supporters at a meeting on September 16 that he is asking Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) for an extension of the plant’s construction deadline. More importantly, he told WMAZ TV news that a revised federal greenhouse gas […]

More Delays from EPA on Final Carbon Rule for New Coal Plants

Saturday, April 13, was set to be the day for the Environmental Protection Agency to release final regulations limiting carbon pollution from new power plants.  April 13 came and went, however, with no final regulations from EPA.  Instead, on Friday April 12, EPA announced that it would delay issuance of the final rule – but gave no […]

Catch-22: New EPA Mercury Rule Ties Up Plant Washington

On March 28, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a revised final Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS) rule for new air emission sources (i.e. new power plants). The revised final rule is slightly weaker than the original December 2011 rule, due in part to power plant developers’ complaints that the original standard was unattainable, but […]

Energy and Water Collisions: Drought Implications

As we enter the dog days of summer, much of the Southeast region has once again succumbed to drought conditions, especially Georgia and neighboring Alabama. And nationally, drought is plaguing much of the country and affecting not just the “usual” suspects out West–even presumed “water rich” regions including the Southeast and areas along the East […]

Co-ops withdraw from coal plant with Orwellian twist

On Wednesday morning, July 11, the Newton Citizen reported that three candidates were running for the board of Snapping Shoals EMC, motivated in part by their opposition to the proposed coal-fired Plant Washington and the EMC’s lack of transparency about their spending toward the project. Later that same day, the EMC and Power4Georgians (P4G, the […]

Why Plant Washington Will Not Fly

On April 10, Power4Georgians (P4G) settled a legal challenge with several environmental groups over our appeal of Plant Washington’s air pollution permit. Afterward, plant developer Dean Alford told the press that Plant Washington is ready to proceed, with its permit in hand and a new backer, retired Colorado utility exec Tim Taylor. He couldn’t be […]

Two Down, One to Go: Another Georgia Coal Plant Bites the Dust

In a major win for Georgia’s ratepayers and our air and water, Power4Georgians (P4G), the consortium of four utility co-ops behind the last two proposed coal-fired power plants in Georgia, agreed yesterday to cancel Plant Ben Hill, which was to be built near Fitzgerald, Georgia. Additionally, the co-ops still backing the proposed Plant Washington will […]