AP – Sierra Club sues to halt Kemper Plant production

GULFPORT, Miss. — The Sierra Club filed a lawsuit Thursday 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 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 state director Louie Miller described that decision as a “flip flop.” He said it would allow Mississippi Power to charge rate payers for the costs of the plant before it’s even built.
Miller said the PSC refused to order Mississippi Power to disclose how much customers will pay in rates for the new plant.

“Agreeing to unknown increased electric rates for Kemper is like buying a car when the salesman won’t tell you what it costs,” Miller said in a statement. “This is an outrage and betrayal of the public trust.”

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6/17/10