The Utah Court of Appeals has ruled that an air quality permit for a proposed gas-fueled power plant would stand. The decision upheld an administrative law judge’s earlier ruling that Sevier County Citizens for Clean Air and Water does not have standing in an appeal of the permit issued in 2012.
While the ruling represents the clearing of a major hurdle, there is still a lot of work to do before the proposal can make the leap from concept to reality according to company officials. The company can now pursue financing and power purchase agreements. Financing, power purchase agreements, natural gas delivery contracts and final engineering all have to be completed prior to construction, as well as a new gas line to feed the plant. The process to secure approval for a power plant is typically 28 to 32 months. The process for this particular project has taken more than a decade. Richfield Reaper