Legislator wants to restrict utility challenges

FOREMAN, Ark. (AP) - A state legislator says she wants a law that would keep utilities from having to fight court challenges once they have been granted permits to build new power generation plants.

State Sen. Barbara Horm, a Democrat, is from Foreman, where Southwest Electric Power Co. is building a $1.6 billion coal-fired electric plant.

Nearby landowners convinced the Arkansas Court of Appeals to overturn the permit the Public Service Commission issued for the plant. SWEPCO is appealing that ruling. Horn says she wants a law that would restrict legal action once permits have been issued.

The Foreman city council and the quorum court in Miller County have endorsed a resolution written by Horn that calls for the change in the law. --- Information from: Texarkana Gazette, http://www.texarkanagazette.com

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