EPA will have say on Healy coal plant

Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010

FAIRBANKS - A plan to restart an inactive coal plant in Healy will likely rest on a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Fairbanks-based Golden Valley Electric Association has pursued the proposed Healy restart for a year, seeing it as a way to trim rates by buying less oil and more coal.

But the experimental coal power unit has been in a decade-long hibernation following technical problems.

Federal regulators typically subject dormant power plants to tough environmental reviews if they've been unused for two years.

The state could rule as early as this week whether it's OK with the restart. If the state gives the go-ahead, the EPA would have 45 days to accept or reject the decision.

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