Montana coal-fired plant keeps air permit

17 December 2008 – Montana state officials say a 250 MW coal-fired power plant under construction in the state can keep its air-quality permit after meeting a construction deadline.

The Southern Montana Electric Generation and Transmission Cooperative is building the Highwood Generating Station, which has encountered delays due to financing problems, and to lawsuits by some environmental groups and residents of the Great Falls area.

The plant nearly lost its air permit, but the Montana Department of Environmental Quality said the co-op met its November start-of-construction deadline.

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