by Max Brantley
The Sierra Club announced today it had struck an agreement with LS Power to cancel plans for two additional coal-fired electricity generating stations, one of them a second unit for the Plum Point plant near Osceola.
The Sierra Club called it a victory for environmental health.
Today, the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign announced the cancellation of plans to build two proposed coal-fired power plants in Arkansas and Georgia. Pursuant to a legal agreement with Sierra Club, New Jersey-based LS Power announced that it will cancel plans to build the Plum Point II project proposed for northeastern Arkansas and the Longleaf Energy Station project proposed for Blakely, Georgia.
“Today is a victory for the public health and environmental health here in Arkansas,” said Glen Hooks, Senior Campaign Representative for Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. “Canceling Plum Point II will keep almost 4 million tons of carbon dioxide out of our air each year, along with dozens of other hazardous air pollutants. Keeping more dirty coal out of Arkansas is a huge step forward for our state.”
This victory marks the 160th and 161st coal plants canceled since Sierra Club launched its Beyond Coal campaign in 2005. The agreement comes as part of a nationwide agreement with Sierra Club that requires LS Power to abandon the Plum Point II and Longleaf projects and imposes strict new limits on air pollution from the new Sandy Creek coal-fired power plant in Texas.
"LS Power, like our nation, is moving away from a past fueled by dirty coal into an energy future where our power sources are clean and renewable,” said Dawn Farver, Chair of the Arkansas Chapter of the Sierra Club. "Coal is a dangerous investment. Since November 2008, only two new coal plants have broken ground in the entire country.
"As a nation, we should become leaders in renewable energy technology and provide a world for our children where the water is safe to drink and the air is safe to breathe. Personally, my money is on moving forward, not looking back.”
Hooks concluded by saying, “While there are a handful of new coal plant proposals left in our nation, the vast majority of proposals have been defeated or abandoned in the last six years. I’m celebrating today’s news, and looking forward to the day when no more dirty coal plants will be built here in the Natural State.”