Earthjustice is opposed to the construction of new coal plants because of the growing crisis of global warming and because they are the dirtiest way of generating electricity. Coal fired power plants are an extremely polluting antiquated technology and the Seminole Electric plant would pollute the air a lot more than older coal power plants of similar size. The permit didn't meet the Clean Air Act requirements.
In December 2009, Seminole Electric Cooperative announced that it would withdraw its application to build a new coal-fired generating unit at its plant in Palatka, Florida. Instead, the company has signalled that it wants to build a build a natural gas fired power plant, and is considering building a 1 to 5 megawatt solar energy project in southwest Florida.