Earlier this month, the Seminole Electric Cooperative abandoned the regulatory approval for the construction of a 750 MW coal-fired power plant in Palatka, Florida. The electric company submitted a motion to an administrative law judge stating that they decided “not go forward with construction and operation” of the Seminole Unit 3 plant. The power plant would have emitted 6.5 million tons of global warming pollution per year as well as the neurotoxin, mercury. Seminole Unit 3 has been legally challenged numerous times since it was first proposed in 2006. Florida’s Governor Crist exercised an administrative denial of the plant’s air permit when he first took office in January 2007. A spokesperson for the electric company said plans for the plant were dropped because of regulatory and legal uncertainties over the future of coal. More than 100 proposed coal fired power plants have been cancelled since 2001.
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