Sierra Club, Others Sue to Stop Kemper Plant

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Sierra Club has filed a lawsuit trying to stop Mississippi Power Co. from developing a coal-fired, electric-generating plant in the east central part of the state.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in coastal Harrison County Chancery Court.

In May, the state Public Service Commission voted 2-1 to ease restrictions it had put on the Kemper County plant.

Sierra Club director Louie Miller describes that decision as a "flip flop." He says it would allow Mississippi Power to charge rate payers for the costs of the plant before it's even built.

Mississippi Power says the plant would convert lignite into a gas that would fuel turbines to create electricity.

Officials say the plant will create 260 permanent jobs and 1,000 jobs during construction.

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  • by just my opinion Location: wherever on Jun 18, 2010 at 03:20 PM
    Kudos to everybody but Citizen. These left-wing socialists are mentally unstable with the crap they are peddling. I hope it works for Kemper. I'd really like to see some good, permanent industries come to MS in general & Kemper in specific.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2010 at 10:00 AM
    To ratepayer here is a fact you prepay a lot of things today from cell phones to Internet why is this different.. company is going to put money jobs and invest into the area ..the payback would be great.. oh am sorry you must me one of those that loves handouts and give nothing back.. but again this matter isnt for anyone but the AG of ms to handle if this is something illegal about it.. that is his/her job... the facts that this plant has been fought against on so many levels for stupid reasons has taxed the company more then likely to go the route to get this thing built... now for the rest of you please read about the processes this plant is going to use is clean burning in all aspects start to finnish...these groups are in fact responsible for the oil troubles as well all this ego crap laws passed and cant hurt the animals and every ____ time not 6 months later after they won it was off a lie.
  • by A MS Power ratepayer Location: Lauderdale County on Jun 18, 2010 at 08:18 AM
    For "voter" and "american" who posted: Quote: "Sierra Club director Louie Miller describes that decision as a "flip flop." He says it would allow Mississippi Power to charge rate payers for the costs of the plant before it's even built." You did not mention in your post that you are not a ratepayer. You will not receive a huge increase in your power bill. You buy your power from TVA. So, there is no reason you would oppose the're welcome for the handout from Lauderdale County ratepayers. Also, you must have missed the NAACP opposition speach at the hearings. Even they oppose the plant in this poor community because MS Power is bringing in their own qualified, trained people to run the plant. Maybe they will save a few janatorial positions for the people in Kemper who need a job.
  • by Observer_1980 Location: Lockhart on Jun 18, 2010 at 05:40 AM
    I didnt realize the "Sierra club" even had this on the radar...This group is cloggin the courts with this ridiculous "law suit"...these neo pagans are a serious threat in many capacities not just smothering the legal system but also with real violence such as blowing up corporation buildings or sabotaging a power plant..
  • by Citizen Location: Meridian on Jun 18, 2010 at 04:18 AM
    I'm glad someone is looking out for us. Mississippi Power is only looking out for themselves. This plant will be terrible for this entire area. We need to think about the quality of life for our children and grandchildren. If we must build a powerplant, natural gas would be a much beter idea.
  • by american Location: kemper on Jun 17, 2010 at 07:11 PM
    We are tired of all the liberal groups destroying America. You argue to protect land and trees and little varmints while people suffer. Take California the land is protected because rats live there so the people can not protect their homes from fire. It is people like the sierra club that are the down fall of America. It is time for the people to take our country back from the tree huggers and democrats.
  • by SS40 on Jun 17, 2010 at 04:38 PM
    These stupid tree huggers need to get real jobs and quit trying to keep out decent employment for those of us that live in this area!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 17, 2010 at 03:26 PM
    OMG would you people butt-out of things... you as green peace have screwed up so bad isnt funny .. all bow to you then they do as you want then you turn and go back on it anyway... if there is a problem in all this it is up to the State AG to handle this not you ... your history on twisting facts and figures and hiding truth is well known. an start with 200,000 jobs lost due to the spotted owl that cant live anywhere but this area.. ooops well forgot to tell you they live in the cities as well... and the list goes on..
  • by voter Location: kemper on Jun 17, 2010 at 03:04 PM
    The Sierra Club needs to take a hike!! They are a group of Liberal extremists that are against anything they do not like. This issue has been approved and needs to move forward. No, we all will not like everything about the plant but it is needed. It will add a source of energy and provide jobs and revenue for Kemper County. Our country is being flushed down the toilet by extremist liberals that are killing this nation in the name of the environment.
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