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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Power plant conflict

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Say it ain't so. An Arkansas public official with a conflict of interest who voted on a related matter anyway?


Get a load of this filing by opponents of the coal-burning power plant planned for Hempstead County.

It's real simple. It says that Pollution Control Commissioner Thomas Schueck (pictured) -- who regularly participates in and dominates commission discussions despite being a pollution permit holder -- had undisclosed interests in two companies that will get financial benefits from work on the power plant project. The motion notes that Schueck dominated discussion on the recent hurryup waiver to allow Turk Plant construction to continue. The motion wants financial disclosures from all commissioners relative to the matter, now being reviewed by an administrative law judge.

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