Western Kansas coal plant denied

TOPEKA | Citing concerns about global warming, Kansas’ top regulator today denied a long-awaited permit to build a controversial coal plant in western Kansas.

“I believe it would be irresponsible to ignore emerging information about the contribution of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to climate change and the potential harm to our environment and health if we do nothing,” said Rod Bremby, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in a news release announcing the decision.

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Coal on hold: Dozens of plants delayed due to costs, climate concerns

BILLINGS – At least 16 coal-fired power plant proposals nationwide have been scrapped in recent months and more than three dozen have been delayed as utilities face increasing pressure due to concerns over global warming and rising construction costs.

The slow pace of new plant construction reflects a dramatic change in fortune for a fuel source that just a few years ago was poised for a major resurgence. Combined, the canceled and delayed projects represent enough electricity to power approximately 20 million homes.

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Judge backs water quality standards

A state district judge has upheld Montana’s water quality standards designed to protect rivers from salty water discharged in coalbed methane operations.

Judge Blair Jones in a ruling Wednesday said the Montana Board of Environmental Review and the Department of Environmental Quality acted properly in adopting numeric water quality standards and amending the state’s policy protecting high-quality water from salty water associated with the drilling.

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