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Groups band together in suit against Pee Dee Coal Plant
Six groups have banded together in a lawsuit against the S.C. DHEC in an attempt to block Santee Cooper's proposed Pee Dee Coal Plant for the Florence area.
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The groups allege that the state-owned electric utility's planned $2.2 billion facility was granted an illegal permit by DHEC; they say it violates Clean Air Act requirements.
From the press release:
“This plant would add mercury pollution to an already contaminated region of the Pee Dee, but DHEC waived the maximum mercury controls required by law,” said Blan Holman, senior attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center. “The tragedy of DHEC’s decision is that we have far cheaper and cleaner options than a $2.5 billion coal plant, and those options would generate thousands more jobs than this dinosaur ever would.”
The groups have previously advocated using more expensive technology in use by other coal plants that can drastically reduce mercury emissions.
The Southern Environmental Law Center is collectively representing the position Environmental Defense Fund, League of Women Voters of S.C., the S.C. Coastal Conservation League, the S.C. Wildlife Federation, and the Sierra Club.
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