New Challenge to Coal Power Plant

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Clean-energy proponents want a federal
panel to block a proposed coal-burning power plant in eastern
Nevada, while Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nev., is urging Gov. Jim Gibbons
to move ahead with the project.

The groups fighting the proposed White Pine Energy Station near
Ely have asked the U.S. Department of Interior's Board of Land
Appeals to reject the Bureau of Land Management's recent approval
of rights of way for the plant that LS Power Group wants to build.

The project still needs air quality permits from the Nevada
Division of Environmental Protection, and Heller urged Gibbons to
quickly approve those permits so construction can start.

Critics, represented by lawyers for Earthjustice, say the
1,590-megawatt project would be one of the largest and most heavily
polluting coal plants in the West, emitting millions of tons of
carbon dioxide and other harmful pollutants yearly.


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