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Highwood Power Plant Challenge

Case Number # 1112

Earthjustice, on behalf of local conservation groups, challenged state and federal authorizations for the Highwood Generating Station, a 250-MW coal-fired power plant proposed by a small group of eastern Montana electricity cooperatives known as the Southern Montana Electric Generation and Transmission Cooperative. Earthjustice also challenged a $600 million federal subsidy of this power plant -- a power plant that would produce pollutants and greenhouse gases for decades to come.

This proposed plant would have been built on top of one of the last preserved campsites of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the National Park Service has reported that its destruction would represent "an irreparable loss to the national heritage of our country."

In February, 2009, the backers of the plant announced that they are reversing course and will instead build natural gas and wind energy facilities, and in August, 2009, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality revoked the air quality permit for the plant.

Press Releases

Friday, August 7, 2009
State revokes air quality permit
Monday, February 2, 2009
Natural gas and wind power will replace coal plant
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Global warming pollution not addressed in air permit
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Fails to consider particulate pollution
Monday, July 23, 2007
Federal Rural Utilities Service making a risky investment that will increase greenhouse gas pollution