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Coal plant gets go-ahead


By Ben Roberts - bio | email

EARLY COUNTY, GA (WALB) – The state Environmental Protection Division has issued the final permit needed to build a controversial coal-fired power plant in Early County.

Regulators first approved Longleaf Energy's project three years ago, but it stalled amid legal challenges. Environmentalists initially succeeded in blocking the $2 billion plant. An appeals court overturned that ruling, but the Georgia Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from environmental groups last fall.

Supporters of the plant say it will bring jobs to an area that desperately needs them.  Critics say it's not worth the pollution.

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