A proposed 850 MW coal-fired power plant in Sandersville, Georgia has been slowed due to a collaborative effort supported by Sierra Club's Georgia Chapter. Thanks to fantastic expert testimony, strong litigation, and prominent local support, the Administrative Law Judge denied the air permit sought by the plant’s developers, Power4Georgians, LLC.
GreenLaw and the Southern Environmental Law Center challenged the air permit on behalf of the Sierra Club’s Georgia Chapter, Fall-line Alliance for a Clean Environment, Ogeechee Riverkeeper, and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. As a coalition, the Sierra Club and its partners engaged affected communities and constituencies who care about clean air and water to attend public hearings and the trial itself. The coalition recruited enough concerned citizens to lop side the courtroom and display a true feeling of local trepidation towards the proposed coal plant.
The Judge found the permit failed to set limits on pollutants and emissions such as sulfuric acid and particulate matter, violating the Clean Air Act.
Currently, the coalition hopes the Environmental Protection Division seizes this opportunity to reject the state air quality permit once and for all.
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