Proposed Ohio Coal-to-Liquid Refinery Dead
October 15, 2011
Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are celebrating the end of a long, hard-fought legal battle to move Ohio beyond coal. Baard Energy has agreed to abandon plans for its proposed coal-to-liquids facility in Columbiana County.
Over the last four years, Sierra Club and NRDC have mounted a number of legal challenges against the pollution permits issued to the facility, raising significant concerns with the plant’s dangerous air pollution, water discharges, and global warming pollution. The agreement, negotiated by Sierra Club and NRDC, will effectively stay the environmental groups’ litigation while Baard Energy and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) work to modify the project’s permits to remove coal as a feedstock and reflect the resulting emissions reductions. Baard has stated that it will pursue a natural-gas-to-liquid facility on the plant site instead. To read more, click here!
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