Into the breach | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Into the breach

Posted By on Tue, Aug 7, 2007 at 4:25 PM

Retired Supreme Court Justice David Newbern -- he of the special school master service -- will step in to finish Public Service Commissioner Sandra Hochstetter's job in hearing environmental issues on the proposed SWEPCO coal-burning power plant in Hempstead County. The hearing is Thursday. Gov. Mike Beebe made the appointment moments ago.

Hochstetter recused today (see earlier Blog post) after objections were raised to her continuing on the case after she announced she would be going to work soon for AECC, which plans to own a portion of the plant. He is appointed just for this case. Beebe later will appoint a Public Service Commission replacement to complete Hochstetter's term, which runs through 2011.

Hochstetter's departure date isn't set yet. Since she's slated to hear further proceedings related to Entergy, a competitor of AECC, it seems to me that sooner would be better than later.



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