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Judge rules for regulators in Kemper plant case

KEMPER COUNTY — A Harrison County judge has upheld a decision by state regulators that allows Mississippi Power Co. to build a lignite plant in Kemper County.

Chancery Judge Jim Persons dismissed arguments from the Sierra Club, an environmental group opposed to construction of the plant. Persons had heard arguments in the case in February.

Sierra Club lawyer Robert Wiygul said today that the group will appeal the ruling.

The 582-megawatt plant is being built near the Liberty community in Kemper County. It will use a process that converts coal into a synthesis gas that can generate electricity with fewer emissions than existing pulverized coal power plants.

The state Public Service Commission gave its go-ahead to the plant last year.

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