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Seminole Electric Cooperative planned to add a third, 750 MW coal plant to the existing two units (650 MW each) at Seminole Generating Station. Construction was scheduled to begin in October 2008 and be completed by 2012. In August, 2007, the Florida Department of Environmental Quality denied the site certification for the plant. [1]

In August 2008, the Fifth District Court of Appeals unanimously directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to issue a final order granting site certification for the Seminole plant.

On September 3, 2008, the FDEP issued a final air permit.[2]

In November 2008, the Sierra Club filed two suits to halt the plant. In one, the group appealed the plant's permit to the 1st District Court of Appeal, and in another to the EPA's Environmental Appeals Board (EAB).[3] The EAB recently rescinded the air permit for Deseret's Bonanza Power Plant addition because it failed to require controls for carbon dioxide emissions.[4]

In February and March 2009, the Sierra Club and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy submitted opening briefs in their appeal of the final PSD permit. Briefing will conclude in May 2009, with oral argument following.[5]

On December 18, 2009, Seminole Electric announced that it was abandoning plans to build the plant. Company spokesman Jeff Fela cited "uncertain regulatory and legal environment."[6]

Project Details

Sponsor: Seminole Electric Cooperative
Location: Palatka, Putnam County, FL
Size: 750 MW
Projected in service: 2014 or later
Status: Cancelled

Resources

References

  1. "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed January 2008. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)
  2. "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed November 2008.
  3. "Coal plant deal fails; Sierra Club, Seminole taking dispute to court," Palatka Daily News, November 10, 2008.
  4. Bonanza Power Plant addition
  5. "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed May 2009. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals)
  6. Chris DeVitto, "Seminole pulls plug on 3rd unit," Palatka Daily News, 12/19/09

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