Anticipated coal-to-liquids plant hits another setback

A $1.5 billion coal-to-liquids plant pushed by Gov. Brian Schweitzer suffered another setback when a state official struck down an air quality permit that backers of the plant hoped to use for the project.

The ruling by a Department of Environmental Quality hearing examiner, Katherine Orr, means supporters of the Bull Mountain coal-to-liquids plant near Roundup would have to seek a new permit from scratch, said Evan Barrett, Schweitzer’s chief economic development aide.

That marks another in a string of blows for the project since Bull Mountain was announced by Schweitzer last October.

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