Tue., July 28, 2009 1:26pm (EDT)

Public Hearing to Discuss Proposed Coal Plant
By John Sepulvado
Updated: 5 years ago

BLAKELY, Ga.  —  
A proposed coal plant in Early County is the subject of public debate. (photo by Rennett Stowe from Flickr)
A proposed coal plant in Early County is the subject of public debate. (photo by Rennett Stowe from Flickr)
Tonight the Georgia Environmental Protection Division is holding a public hearing on pollution levels for a proposed coal-fired plant.

The hearing comes this evening in Early County, where the proposed plant would be located.

The permitting process is playing a central role in legal battles over the plant.

Environmentalists want permits required for carbon dioxide emissions, saying they contribute to global warming.

The company that wants to build the plant, along with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, say the Clean Air Act does not require permits for carbon dioxide.

The Georgia Supreme Court is now considering whether to hear the case.