Today the Arkansas Supreme Court unanimously upheld the Court of Appeals decision rejecting the construction permit for Southwestern Electric Power Company’s John W. Turk coal-powered plant in Hempstead County. For more information, check out Arkansas Business’ article: http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article.aspx?aid=0.0.134147.
UPDATE - Here’s the link to the Court’s decision: http://courts.arkansas.gov/court_opinions/sc/2010a/20100513/Hempstead%20County%20Hunting%20Club%20v.%20Ark.%20Pub.%20Serv.%20Comm’n.pdf.
Chief Justice Jim Hannah wrote the opinion. The Court found that the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) erred by resolving the need for the Turk plant in a separate docket instead of in the docket to consider the permit to build the plant. Justice Robert Brown concurred with the opinion and expanded it further by saying that the PSC did not adequately weigh the environmental impact of coal versus natural gas.