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Monday, September 13, 2010 - 4:26am

Coal Plant Permit Challenge To Be Heard

Enviromental groups will be in state court today to challenge the air permits for a middle Georgia coal plant. They claim it will create more air pollution than permitted.

The same Atlanta judge that sent Plant Washington’s water permits back to environmental regulators earlier this summer will be hearing the case against the air permits.

Enviromentalists argue plant developers used flawed models when predicting pollution levels. They say the plant will release more air pollution than the current permits allow.

Power for Georgians EMC, which is building the plant near Sandersville, says the permits meet state and federal requirements. It calls the lawsuit “nothing more than delay tactics”.

Testimony could last up to three weeks.