Today the Georgia Office of State Administrative hearings (OSAH) upheld the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s issuance of a permit for a new coal-fired power plant to Longleaf Energy Associates, LLC. Longleaf, a joint venture of LS Power Group and Dynegy, received state permits to build Georgia's first coal-fired power plant in 25 years on a site in rural Early County, Georgia. Administrative Law Judge Howells rejected petitioners Friends of the Chattahoochee and the Sierra Club’s claims that permit’s emissions limitations were too lenient. The ruling comes just months after Judge Howells issued a bench ruling in August 2007 rejecting petitioners' claims that Georgia was required to regulate the plant's CO2 emissions under the Clean Air Act.

To review the decision, go to  http://www.osah.ga.gov/documents/longleaf.pdf.