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Energy Company Abandons Plan For Georgia Coal Plant

Energy Company Abandons Plan For Georgia Coal Plant

Residents of Georgia and clean air advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief on Monday as LS Power, a New Jersey-based power company, announced that it will cancel plans to build a new coal-fired power plant in the southwestern part of the state.

The proposed Longleaf Energy Station in Blakely, Georgia, was the target of a 10 year-long campaign by the Sierra Club, Friends of the Chattahoochee, GreenLaw, and thousands of Americans who believe every human has the right to breathe clean air. If built, the plant would have emitted 88 pounds of toxic mercury per year, 1938 pounds of lead per year, and more than 8000 tons of soot and smog per year, to Georgia’s atmosphere and water system.

The announcement comes as part of a nationwide agreement between LS Power and the Sierra Club that requires the company to abandon its proposed Plum Point 2 coal plant in Arkansas and imposes strict new limits on air pollution from the new Sandy Creek coal plant in Texas. The agreement also requires the company to withdraw all requests for permits in Georgia and Arkansas, and that any issued permits be rescinded or revoked.

Longleaf was one of the very first plants proposed when, in 2001, the coal industry attempted to block clean energy development by building more than 150 new coal plants across the US, a move which would have effectively locked the nation into dependence on coal-fired electricity for the foreseeable future.

Over the past decade, LS Power tried to move forward with the coal plant several different times, but on each occasion local residents aided by the Sierra Club stood strong in their opposition. The resistance utilized several tactics, including a call-in day over the summer during which more than 250 Georgians called LS Power asking the CEO to cancel the proposal.

“This is not just a victory for the individuals and organizations fighting this plant, but also for all Georgians, who are now safe from a major new source of toxic air pollution,” said Colleen Kiernan, Director of the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club. “This victory represents our best work: combining the power of the courts, the power of the people and the power of the press.”

This victory marks the 160th proposed coal plant canceled since Sierra Club launched its Beyond Coal campaign in 2002.

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2:32AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Thanks!

11:14AM PST on Dec 25, 2011

Great news.... We are the 99%, and we do have a voice on our county. 1 coal down, more to go.

11:13AM PST on Dec 25, 2011

Great news.... We are the 99%, and we do have a voice on our county. 1 coal down, more to go.

12:51PM PST on Dec 18, 2011

yeah....

11:47PM PST on Dec 17, 2011

Inspiring news!

11:08PM PST on Dec 15, 2011

This sounds like good news!

2:51PM PST on Dec 15, 2011

that's good, but they might just put it somewhere else :/

2:25PM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Good news.

11:19AM PST on Dec 15, 2011

The only thing that will save the EARTH is HUMAN extinction. HUMANS are a infestation on the planet EARTH.

10:57AM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Great news... The oil, gas, nuclear, coal and other "dirty" energy companies have spent the money they projected, as coming in, to their 5-10-15 year plans. So they will be increasing the prices to cover their collective "Assets" for the near future, if we consumers reduce, and continue reducing our costly consuming of energy and other material goods that use energy.

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