SWEPCO says no

9 February 2010 - Southwestern Electric Power Co (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power, said it will appeal a ruling by the Arkansas Court of Appeals that determined that the state Public Service Commission did not follow proper procedures before issuing the company a permit to operate a $1.6 billion coal-fired electric generation plant in southwest Arkansas.

The appeal comes as a result of a challenge to plant construction permit by nearby landowners. SWEPCO  was granted a separate air quality permit by the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Board in January, 2010.

The Arkansas Supreme Court will hear arguments on April 15, 2010.

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