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BREAKING NEWS: Federal Judge Orders Halt on Construction of Some of SWEPCO’s Turk Coal Plant

Today, U.S. District Court Judge Bill Wilson issued an order stopping some construction of Southwestern Electric Power Company’s $1.7 billion John W. Turk coal powered plant in Hempstead County.

The order was in response to the suit filed by the Hempstead County Hunting Club, National Audubon Society, and the Sierra Club.

For more information, read the AP article by clicking here.

Saturday To-Do: Keep Arkansas Beautiful Great Arkansas Cleanup

Looking for ways to reduce our waste and beautify the environment through community clean up efforts in Arkansas? Each fall, thousands of Arkansans remove tons of trash from our state’s roadways, shorelines, parks and public areas during the Great Arkansas Cleanup, the statewide community-improvement campaign.

Communities large and small show their commitment to the Great Arkansas Cleanup campaign by recruiting volunteers of all ages and taking on a variety of community clean up and environmental-improvement projects.

And tomorrow, clean ups and recycling events are scheduled all over Arkansas:

Hot Springs/Garland County Beautification Commission Trash Bash

Location: Lake Catherine State Park, Sunny Brook Landing, Carpenter Dam Park, Hill Wheatley Park, Remmel Dam
Time: 8 a.m.-Noon

Volunteers needed for this Great Arkansas Cleanup event.

For more information, contact Adam Roberts at (501) 655-2161 or adamrobertshsgcbc@msn.com, or visit: www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Friends-of-the-Beautification-Commission/216945691893?ref=ts.  

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Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Clean & Beautiful Document Destruction Day

Location: 10th & Convention Center Drive, Pine Bluff
Time: 8 a.m.-Noon
Price: FREE!

Jefferson County residents, bring your personal documents (tax forms, bank statements, etc) to be shredded and recycled. Sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisers and Shred-It of Arkansas.

For more information, contact (870) 543-4901 or gjsummer@pbreynoldscenter.org.

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Lee Creek Cleanup

Volunteers needed for this Great Arkansas Cleanup event.

For more information, contact (479) 761-3325 or lucas.caldwell@arkansas.gov.

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Lake Village Cleanup

Location: Lake Chicot State Park, downtown Lake Village and Hwy 257 Lake Village

Volunteers needed for this Great Arkansas Cleanup event!

For more information, contact (870) 265-5480 or elizabeth.easley@arkansas.gov.

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Dierks Lake Cleanup

Volunteers needed for this Great Arkansas Cleanup event!

For more information, contact (870) 286-2346 or tiffany.smith@usace.army.mil.

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Caroll County Load Up Your Pickup

Location: Oak Grove Ball Field in Carroll County
Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Price: FREE

Bulk waste collection event. Items excepted include appliances, furniture, bags of roadside litter, scrap metal, mattresses and other large items. Will not except yard waste, commercial waste, household garbage and hazardous waste. Oct. 2 at Oak Grove Ball Field, Oct. 9 at Osage Baptist Church, Oct. 16 at River Lake Exxon

For more information, call (479) 253-2727.

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Sherwood Recycling Event

Location: Sherwood Public Works, 6500 North Hills Blvd., Sherwood
Time: 7:00 a.m. – Noon
Price: FREE

Chemical and electronics recycling program. Volunteer at the Great Arkansas Cleanup event or bring your items to be disposed of properly. Do not have to reside in Sherwood. Items accepted: personal electronics, anti freeze, fertilizers, household chemicals, microwaves, pesticides, medical sharps (in safe container) and used oil and gas

For more information, call (501) 835-3288.

BREAKING NEWS: AR Supreme Court Vetoes SWEPCO’s Turk Coal Plant

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.