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Construction halted on Early County coal plant

By Len Kiese - bio | email

June 30, 2008

EARLY COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Construction on a controversial power plant in south Georgia has been halted over health and global warming concerns.

The $2-billion Longleaf Energy Plant would be an economic boom to Early County and it would be the first coal-fired plant built in Georgia in more than 20 years. But it's expected to emit as much as 9-million tons of carbon dioxide and 4,700 tons of sulfur dioxide every year.

On Monday, a Fulton County Superior Court judge ruled the plant must get a permit from EPD that limits the amount of carbon dioxide emissions.

That decision was based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that declared carbon dioxide a pollutant.

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