The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) voted unanimously to grant the air quality permits for the $3.5 billion, 600 MW Tenaska Trailblazer Energy Center to begin construction. Fluor Corp. is performing engineering and design work on the plant.

Trailblazer will use technology to capture up to 90 percent of the plant’s carbon dioxide emissions along with a dry cooling technology to reduce water use by 90 percent.

Other tasks and contracts must be completed before construction can begin, including engineering and design studies and securing customers for the electricity and captured CO2.

The Environmental Defense Fund said in April it would not oppose air quality permits for Trailblazer since Tenaska was installing a carbon capture system.

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