EPA Green-Lights Hybrid Power Plant

     WASHINGTON (CN) – The city of Palmdale, Calif. may build a 570-megawatt solar-gas hybrid power plant, the EPA announced.
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     The EPA granted the city of Palmdale a permit to build the natural gas/solar plant last November. The plant is slated to generate 50 megawatts of solar energy.
     The $950 million construction project is planned for next summer.
     The EPA requires new facilities that may increase air pollution to apply for a “Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality” permit, which it approved Friday in a final action.
     Rob Simpson, a resident of Hayward, Calif., filed a formal petition against the EPA, claiming the agency’s public comment period was not long enough, and that it failed to fully consider the best control technology for carbon emissions.
     The agency decided not to review the petition in September, finding that Simpson failed to prove his case.
     The public comment period for the project is closed, but petitioners who object may file a petition for review with the 9th Circuit.

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