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State Approves New Coal Plant Permit

By BJ Austin, KERA News

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Dallas, TX –

A new coal-fired power plant in Central Texas now has the necessary air pollution permit. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the TCEQ, approved the permit for the NRG Limestone plant, about 100 miles south of Dallas.

Eva Hernandez, with the Sierra Club, says coal plants are rushing to get pollution permits before new federal climate-change legislation.

Hernandez: We know that this is going to have a big impact on coal plants. In fact, on December 21st the EPA plans to announce its new ozone standards. And this is going to have a serious impact on coal plant regulation.

Hernandez says it's ironic that the world is in Copenhagen this week talking about climate change, while Texas is approving plans to put an additional seven million tons of carbon dioxide into the air each year with the new coal plant.

New Jersey-based NRG Energy says the plant will add more than ten thousand megawatts in electricity generating capacity over the next 10 years.

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