Justices send coal plant suit back to lower court

JACKSON, MS (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has sent back to a chancery court a lawsuit that seeks to block a coal-fired, electric-generating plant in Kemper County.

The Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in Harrison County Chancery Court in June trying to stop Mississippi Power Co. from developing its plant in the east central part of the state. The lawsuit was in response to the Mississippi Public Service Commission's decision to ease restrictions it had put on the project.

The Sierra Club says the plant is unnecessary and would lead to a significant increase for ratepayers before the plant is even built.

Justices issued an order on Thursday denying Mississippi Power's motion asking the high court to intervene in the case.

The Supreme Court also dismissed an appeal by the Sierra Club in response to the power company's motion.

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