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Glades Power Plant

Case Overview

Florida Power & Light has proposed building a massive coal-fired power plant on the northwest shore of Lake Okeechobee, at the edge of the Florida Everglades. Coal-fired power plants are among the nation's largest sources of air pollution, and spew greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide which can accelerate global warming. As a result of these and other polluting emissions, including mercury, the proposed Glades plant would also further degrade the Everglades, Lake Okeechobee, and local estuaries.


Earthjustice challenged the permits on behalf of several conservation groups. On June 5, 2007, the Florida Public Service Commission voted unanimously to reject the proposal.

Case Updates

June 4, 2010 | Feature

The Anatomy of Air Pollution from Coal Plants

Coal plants are some of the most polluting industrial facilities on earth. The pollution emitted from their smokestacks has a profound impact on human health and the environment. Find out more about the effects.

June 4, 2010 | Feature

Florida Coal Plant Victory Leads to Renewable Power

In 2007, Earthjustice successfully opposed Florida Power and Light's proposal to build what would have been America's largest coal-fired power plant. Two years later, the utility announced plans to harness a different kind of energy: solar.

June 18, 2007 | Feature

Florida Coal Plan Is Nixed

The Florida Public Service Commission refuses to approve a permit for a huge new coal-fired power plant near the Everglades.