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Corsicana Mayor Chuck McClanahan said in an email Monday that Navarro Generating LLC intends to pull its air permit request from consideration by the TCEQ.
Here is the text of McClanahan's email:
As promised, I will keep interested individuals informed be it good or bad news. Navarro Generating, LLC will be notifying TCEQ that it intends to withdraw the pending air permit for the proposed power plant in Navarro County. The company has spent several million dollars in development expense including the preparation of the permit. If the permit had not been contested, the project development would be moving forward. The developers of the power plant attempted to address the opposition's concerns and proposed several million dollars in community projects to avoid the expense and duration of a contested permit. That effort was flatly rejected; therefore, the added expense of a contested permit made the project too costly at this time. COPPS and opponents to the plant have cost the citizens of Navarro County a huge leap forward in economic development.
A number of similar projects are all around. Freestone County has one project operating and one project pending, Anderson County has an energy project under construction, and of course Ennis has enjoyed a power plant for ten years. Temple and Bell County just had the pleasure of announcing Panda Power Funds would begin construction of a 758 Megawatt plant. According to an economic impact analysis conducted by Impact Data Source of Austin, Texas, the construction and ongoing operation of the plant is expected to contribute up to $1.6 billion into the area's economy during construction and the plant's first 10 years of operation. Estimated 700-800 personnel will be employed to construct the Temple power plant at peak construction. During operations, the generating station will create an estimated 27 skilled jobs to operate the facility and 45 indirect jobs within the community to support the plant. Expected to impact the area in a positive way, the project was welcomed.
Navarro Generating intends to hold the option on the land with the intent to apply for another type of gas fired plant at this site. The new plant may have different economics which would allow the project to proceed. It is my request that if a new plant is proposed, the community will make educated decisions without fear, based on science and welcome it with open arms, like Temple and others. In addition, I hope that Navarro Generating will consider our community for future projects.