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Regulations, litigation force cancellation of Texas coal-fired power plant construction

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Michael Bastasch
Daily Caller
Feb 18, 2013

Opponents of the coal industry won a victory last week when it was announced that the White Stallion coal-fired power plant in Matagorda County,  suspended development, partly due to litigation costs and potential federal environmental regulations.

“We have decided to ask the Travis County Court for a stay in the litigation against our … air permit through December of this year,” Randy Bird, COO for White Stallion, told STATEIMPACT TEXAS. “Our air permit extension expires then. If the stay is granted, we will not commence construction while the stay is in effect.”

For years, the coal plant has been the target of environmental groups. Activists have worked to shut down other coal power projects throughout the state as well, and there are no major traditional coal plants planned for construction in Texas.

“After suffering numerous setbacks … White Stallion has finally seen the writing on the wall,” said Austin attorney Tom Weber, lead counsel at the Environmental Defense Fund who worked in court to stop White Stallion. “This is a big win for clean air in Texas and for the Environmental Defense Fund.”

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