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TOQUOP COAL PLANT

The last of the three coal-fired monstrosities currently planned by the Bureau for eastern Nevada, the 750-megawatt Toquop coal plant would be sited on public lands in Lincoln County. This plant would use the most polluting method available to produce electricity — a conventional pulverized coal boiler — and would be constructed in designated critical habitat for the threatened desert tortoise, affecting numerous additional species such as critically endangered fish in the Colorado River, the greater sage grouse, ferruginous hawks, bald eagles, and the western yellow-billed cuckoo. We expect a final action from the agency in spring 2009, which we’ll counter with comments and an appeal. Our goal is to halt construction of the Toquop Energy Project and prevent emission of the 7.08 million tons of CO2 it would generate annually.

Coal mine photo by Bert Kaufmann