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A Mississippi judge upheld a decision by state regulators that allows Mississippi Power to build a $2 billion, 582 MW integrated combustion combined cycle power plant opposed by environmental groups.

The judge dismissed arguments from the Sierra Club, which argued that the Mississippi Public Service Commission approved the plant without sufficient proof it is needed or that customers will be charged reasonable rates for the power it produces. The Sierra Club said it would appeal.

A Mississippi Power spokesman said in a statement the judge's ruling validates the regulatory commission's decision.

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