FAIRBANKS -- A Fairbanks utility is going directly to the Environmental Protection Agency in its effort to bring online a dormant coal plant near Healy south of Denali National Park.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says Golden Valley Electric Association signaled this week that it plans to go directly to the EPA to obtain an air quality permit for a 50-megawatt unit.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation earlier this year issued an air permit. The EPA did not object, but four environmental groups filed an objection with the EPA seeking more scrutiny of the permit.
The Healy Clean Coal Project was mothballed in 1999, when it yielded less-than-ideal-efficiency generation.
The utility says economics have changed and the new plan to revive the plant would help drive down electricity costs.