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Alaska delays permits for Healy clean coal project

Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010

FAIRBANKS - Alaska regulators have delayed a request for federal government permits for the Healy Clean Coal project.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported the decision came Tuesday, on the next-to-last day of a 45-day federal review of the plan.

Golden Valley Electric Association needs the permit to restart and operate the dormant experimental coal plant.

Alaska Division of Air Quality officials say they will resubmit the proposal within a couple of months to cover operations of the 50-megawatt coal plant.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials suggested last winter they might call for a rigorous permit review, given the lack of activity at the plant during the past 10 years.



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