DEQ Reviewing Two Elk Documents

Wright, WY – The fate of a coal-fired power plant near Wright should be clear this week. Developers of the Two Elk Power Plant had a Sunday deadline to show sufficient progress on the facility to keep a state air quality permit. Dan Olson, the Air Quality Administrator with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, says they received some documentation before the close of business Friday. He says it will take a couple days to review that information. If North American Power Group meets the DEQ's requirements, construction can continue. The first requirement the company has to meet is to show it has a binding contract to buy a major piece of equipment. The second part is an on-site inspection by DEQ staff to document progress on construction. That inspection was to take place Tuesday. If the company doesn't meet the requirements, Olson says the air quality permit is no longer valid and the project would have to be scrapped.