Air Pollution Control Board unanimously approves Wise County plant

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Jessica Sabbath

The state Air Pollution Control Board unanimously approved air permits for Dominion Virginia Power’s $1.8 billion, 585-megawatt coal-fired plant in Wise County on Wednesday evening.

Dominion has said the Wise plant is necessary to meet the state’s growing energy demands.

Supporters of the plant said it would bring jobs and investment to the area, while opponents argued it would be one of the biggest polluters in the state.

Dominion’s statement on the vote, released Wednesday evening, was optimistic, but cautious: “We have not yet had the opportunity to review the final permits, but this decision paves the way for us to start construction in the very near future.”

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