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Fight over coal-fired power plant continues

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BLAKELY, GA (WALB) – Opponents of a coal-fired power plant planned in Early County continue to fight it.

They showed up at a public hearing Thursday to explain why they think the project is a bad idea.

A couple dozen people showed up at Early County High School for a hearing on an air quality permit for the Longleaf Energy plant.

The Environmental Protection Division said the hearing wasn't required, but the company held it anyway to try to answer questions about pollution after amending its initial permit.

"Their (the opponents) opinion was that Georgia over looked a requirement that requires that a hearing be held before a permit that limits air pollutants is issued, we disagree and have some issues with their argument," said Eric Cornwell, EPD Air Protection Branch.

"It's going to lock this part of the state into a coal economy because there's only so much pollution you can emit, the nation and the world is moving toward a green economy," said Justine Thompson, GreenLaw Executive Director.

Environmental groups initially succeeded in blocking the $2 billion plant, but an appeals court overturned that decision.

In April, The EPD issued the final permit needed to build the plant.

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