Environmental Defense Fund Wins Motion Against White Stallion Coal Plant

May 31, 2011


Matt Smelser, msmelser@edf.org,(202) 572-3272

(Austin, Texas – May 31, 2011) Last week Travis County Court Judge Lora Livingston remanded White Stallion Energy Center, L.L.C’s application for a permit to build a 1,320 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Matagorda County, Texas back to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for more evidence. 

EDF’s motion to remand was based on White Stallion’s use of two different site plans in applying for permits with the TCEQ and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The plans differ vastly in the locations of emissions sources. Changing emissions sources can affect the permits compliance with Clean Air Act standards and TCEQ rules.

Statement from Jim Marston, Texas Regional Director for Environmental Defense Fund:

“What does White Stallion have to hide? Why tell TCEQ you are doing one thing and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers you are doing another? If White Stallion is expecting build a power plant than they should be upfront with regulators about their intentions. We are not talking about insignificant changes to these plans and those living near the proposed plant as well as the State of Texas have a right to know exactly how much pollution White Stallion will impose on them.”