The Sierra Club, the National Audubon Society and Audubon Arkansas have asked the Arkansas Public Service Commission to stop construction of American Electric Power’s Turk Plant, being built by its SWEPCO subsidiary in Hempstead County.

The coal-burning utility giant has bet all along Arkansas would never dare stop construction if they eventually spent enough money on construction, permitted or not. So far, the courts have had backbone if the PSC and environmental regulators have not.

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News release explains (and a response from Arkansas Electric Co-op follows):