Coal plant opponents settle with SWEPCO

Southwestern Electric Power Co. says it has signed a settlement with a hunting club and landowners who had sued over the construction of a coal-fired power plant in southwest Arkansas, reports the Associated Press. 

SWEPCO on Monday announced the Hempstead County Hunting Club and several landowners agreed to withdraw all of their legal and regulatory challenges to the utility’s John W. Turk Jr. plant. In exchange, SWEPCO says it won’t build any more generation units or transmission lines at the $2.1 billion power plant.

SWEPCO also agreed to not propose any more coal-fired plants within 30 miles of that site.

The Sierra Club and the National Audubon Society are continuing to fight the plant before a federal appeals court and regulators.



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