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Wyoming Supreme Court upholds coal plant permit

The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld a state air quality permit for a power plant being built at a coal mine north of Gillette. Construction of the coal-fired Dry Fork Station plant is about 75 percent complete. The Supreme Court ruling Friday lifts one of the few remaining bureaucratic obstacles before the Basin Electric plant can become fully operational next year. "It will be one of the most environmentally sound plants in the country" Daryl Hill, a spokesman for the Bismarck, N.D.-based utility, said Monday. The plant's $1.3 billion cost includes $334 million in pollution-control equipment, Hill said. Even so, environmental groups have said the plant isn't going to be fitted with the best available pollution control technology. Click here for the full story from the Grand Forks Herald.