NRG Officially Abandons its Plans to Expand the Big Cajun II Plant in Louisiana
March 31, 2010
In late February 2010, NRG submitted its Title V operating permit renewal application for its Big Cajun II facility to the Louisiana DEQ. In its application, the company stated it was not going to construct a fourth unit at the facility and asked the agency to remove emission limits and related operating requirements associated with the new unit. In the past year, there has been little forward movement on the proposed 705-MW unit, which, if built, would have emitted over seven million tons of CO2 into the air each year. In early March 2010, NRG asked the Louisiana DEQ to withdraw the current PSD permit for the proposed expansion.
Sierra Club and our allies Louisiana Environmental Action Network and Alliance for Affordable Energy have been fighting NRG’s proposed expansion for years by educating the public about the adverse environmental and health impacts associated with burning more coal, and advocating for cleaner and safer renewable energy alternatives. This latest decision represents a monumental win for Sierra Club's campaign to move the nation beyond coal.
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