|Updated: 5/13/2010 6:51 pm
||Published: 5/13/2010 10:13 am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court has reversed state regulators' approval of a coal-fired power plant in southwest Arkansas.
In a ruling Thursday, the court reversed a decision by the Arkansas Public Service Commission to grant a permit for the Southwest Electric Power Co.'s $1.6 billion plant near Fulton in Hempstead County. The ruling sent the case back to the PSC.
In their decision, the justices said the PSC should not have opened a docket on the need for power, separate from the docket on the request for the plant permit.
Chief Justice Jim Hannah wrote in the high court ruling that determining the need for additional power is integral to determining the basis for the need for the proposed facility.
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