Dairyland gas plant faces new court challenge; opponents question environmental review | Science & Environment

Dairyland gas plant faces new court challenge; opponents question environmental review | Science & Environment

July 3, 2022 Off By administrator

As they launch a new legal challenge, environmental groups are panning a federal review that says a planned natural gas power plant in Superior would reduce greenhouse gas emissions despite pumping millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.

La Crosse-based Dairyland Power Cooperative and two Minnesota utilities are seeking a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service to finance the $700 million Nemadji Trail Energy Center, which they say will help them transition away from coal-fired power.

While pointing out that there is always a risk of blackouts, Nowak said it would take a “perfect storm” to trigger forced outages.

Environmental and consumer groups, along with Native American tribal governments, have challenged the plant in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, and on Thursday the Sierra Club and Clean Wisconsin appealed a Dane County judge’s ruling that state regulators followed state law in approving construction of the plant, which they call “an environmental and economic disaster.”

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“Constructing NTEC would saddle Wisconsinites with decades of paying for this plant and set back home-grown renewable development in Northern Wisconsin for years to come,” said Elizabeth Ward, director of the Sierra Club’s Wisconsin chapter.







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