Hearing on Coal Power Plant on Nevada State Line Draws Hundreds

Protesters and proponents from two states filled a city hall auditorium in the Nevada border city of Mesquite to air concerns about a company's proposal to build a coal-fired power plant nearby.

Some said the would foul the air in Utah and Nevada.

Others said it would bring jobs and pump tax money into a struggling local economy.

A Nevada state official who estimated the crowd at more than 200
says all their comments will be considered while the Division of
Environmental Protection decides whether to issue an air quality

A decision could come in the next six months.

Sithe Global Power wants to build the 750-megawatt, coal-fired
Toquop (TOE-kop) Energy Project plant to burn coal from the Powder
River Basin of Wyoming.

It hopes to begin construction by March 2009 and begin power
generation by 2013.

Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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