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Monday, March 09, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - Rockport coal gasification project dead? Air permit withdrawn

Chelsea Schneider of the Evansville Courier & Press is reporting this afternoon in a story that begins:

In the newest chapter of the slow unraveling of a $2.8 billion coal-to-gas plant once planned for Rockport, the state is rescinding an air quality permit required for the project.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management withdrew the permit following a request for its revocation by the project’s financer, New York-based Leucadia National Corp., according to a spokesman for the state agency.

The project’s developer obtained the permit, which set emissions limits on the proposed plant, in 2012. But construction on the project never began, even though air quality permits require work to begin within a certain time period, said Dan Goldblatt, a spokesman for the Department of Environmental Management.

The state sent a letter to the project’s developer, Indiana Gasification LLC, notifying of its decision to revoke the permit on Thursday.

“Please be advised that once this revocation is effective the source will no longer have approval to operate any emission units at this source,” according to the state’s letter.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 9, 2015 03:58 PM
Posted to Indiana Government