Permit surrendered for long-delayed Two Elk coal project in Wyoming

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality said in a Sept. 13 notice that an Oct. 6 hearing over an air permit issued years ago for the coal-fired Two Elk project has been cancelled since project developer Two Elk Generation Partners LP has voluntarily surrendered any rights to the permit, “therefore the permit is canceled and the hearing is no longer needed.”

The hearing was to be held by the state Industrial Siting Council on a permit first issued in 1997. The council at the Oct. 6 hearing was due to look at whether to revoke the permit for an air-cooled, waste coal-fired power generation facility in Campbell County. The permit required phased construction to commence by April 1, 2015. Two Elk did not meet that deadline.

In September, 2015, the council denied Two Elk’s request for a permit amendment to extend the deadline. It stated Two Elk had not shown good cause and had failed to show it was complying with local ordinances. The council also found that the permit is in noncompliance with the commencement of construction deadline. A November 2015 letter was sent to the company providing it with notice of the noncompliance and with the opportunity to remedy the failure by April 15 of this year.  

The plant was to be located east of Arch Coal’s existing Black Thunder mine in the Powder River Basin and was to be fired with waste coal that is produced by nearby mining operations but is not high enough in quality to sell and transport elsewhere.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.