FAIRFIELD, MD—The Maryland Department ofEnvironment has ordered Albany, NY-based EnergyAnswers International to halt construction on its powerplant here because the agency says the firm failed to purchaseenough required emission credits for the project.


The agency could fine Energy Answers more than $8 million forthe violation and $25,000 each day since it began construction onthe venture last August. The Department of the Environment givesEnergy Answers the opportunity to pursue a settlement with thestate and requests the firm to halt construction until it can showit has enough emissions credits, according to the BaltimoreSun.


Opponents of the Fairfield Renewable Energy Power Plant andResource Recovery Project say they will use the notice of violationas a means to show the construction permit for the project isinvalid.


"It really brings the validity of the construction permit intoquestion," says Jennifer Duggan, managing attorneywith the Environmental Integrity Project, aWashington-based environmental group. "They've failed to obtain theoffsets that are required." Environmental Answers did not respondto requests for comment by the newspaper. See story in theBaltimore Sun.

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John Jordan

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