Coal-fired power plant permit must limit emissions

A Georgia administrative law court has sent a permit back to regulators to add tests for five types of pollutants and to make other changes for a permit for a planned $2 billion, 1,200 MW coal-fired power plant in Georgia, according to the Associated Press.

The ruling stated that a permit issued by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division did not sufficiently limit emissions such as dioxins and formaldehyde from the Longleaf plant. The judge said the permit did not account for emissions from the entire plant and that the monitoring and reporting scheme could miss many tons of emissions each year. The judge also said that there are flaws in provisions designed to make the plant a minor source of pollution and sent it back to the agency for reconsideration.

EPD and the plant’s owner, LS Power, said the pollutants in question would be emitted at low quantities and the changes to the permit could take a matter of weeks, the article said.

The court upheld the permit in respects to the facility not having to be classified as a “major” source of emissions.

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