DHEC approves permit for coal plant
2009/02/12, 9:28 pm
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There are many mixed feelings in the area about this subject and article I ran across in the journal by Mike Fitts. How do you feel about the impact it may have

Published Feb. 12, 2009

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has given approval to an air quality permit for Santee Cooper to build a $1.25 billion coal-burning plant on the banks of the Great Pee Dee River.

The vote taken Thursday afternoon, after the board conferred with legal counsel behind closed doors, was 4-2 in favor of the coal-plant permit. The vote supported the recommendation made by DHEC staff members.

Earlier in the day, air quality staff members told the board during the second hearing on the permit that they were obliged to approve the permit for a coal-burning power plant if Santee Cooper followed the permitting rules.

DHEC issued an air quality permit Dec. 16 for the electricity generation station planned for Florence County. Thursday’s hearing was an appeal of that decision.

Santee Cooper’s representatives told DHEC’s board this morning that, after a thorough review of demand for electricity in South Carolina, it found the state will experience a big deficit even if conservation measures are put into place. After looking at the options, Santee Cooper said the most efficient and reliable way to generate electricity in South Carolina is by burning pulverized coal.

Yesterday, Gov. Mark Sanford announced his opposition to Santee Cooper’s plans to build the coal-burning plant.

“As policymakers, in times of changing situations, we must be willing to change,” he said.

Sanford said he reached his decision based on the changing economic landscape and, in direct opposition to Santee Cooper, said the state’s demand for power has decreased.

Santee Cooper spokesman Laura Varn said the utility has been working with the state for the past three years to secure an air permit.

“The need for power is real,” Varn said, “and the facility is required to meet the growing energy needs of the people of South Carolina.”


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when they stop spraying the state with chemtrails maybe we can worry about the coal.

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