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Friday, September 3, 2010 - 12:17pm

Coal Plant Permits Revised

The state is revising its water permits for a coal plant proposed for middle Georgia. The move comes after a judge rejected them last month.

The judge’s ruling said the state Environmental Protection Division did not follow proper guidelines when it issued a water permit for plant Washington in Sandersville.

The plant would draw more than 13 million gallons a day from the Oconee River, but the plant itself is located the Ogeechee river basis. That means interbasin guidelines need to be followed.

EPD’s Kevin Farrell says they have complied and just need another public notice.

"I think the only thing we need to do is just go out and do a press release have another public hearing and talk about the fact that the plant site does sit in the Ogeechee River basin," Farrell says.

The judge also struck down a second permit regarding waste water, saying it needed to be monitored where it reentered the river rather than at a retention basin near the plant. Farrell says the EPD will move the monitor.