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.

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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.

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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.

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"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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