- Associated Press - Friday, July 11, 2014

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A citizen’s review panel has dismissed a petition challenging an air pollution permit issued for a Wyoming power plant that remains unbuilt after 18 years of planning.

The Sheridan-based Powder River Basin Resource Council filed the petition contesting the validity of the state pollution permit for the Two Elk power plant near Wright.

The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council voted 5-1 in Laramie on Thursday to dismiss the petition. Council members said they lacked legal authority to overturn the permit.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1s34oxV ) that a 2007 settlement with the state gave Two Elk’s developers two years to begin construction. State officials determined last year that no construction had taken place in the previous two years.

Resource council attorney Shannon Anderson says her group may take the matter to court.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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