"Because of the lignite and its location in Mississippi and the ability to build the plant right next to where the lignite would be mined, Kemper was the best option," said Mississippi Power spokesman Jeff Shepard. "It was then and it is now."Commissioners Leonard Bentz and Lynn Posey, who voted for the new permit, have argued that the commission collected plenty of evidence on the need for Kemper during hearings before the initial 2010 decisions. They issued a 133-page order in April citing the earlier inquiry. Both they and Mississippi Power say there's no need to reopen those proceedings.
New Hearing Set For Friday On Kemper Power Plant
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