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PSC expect hearings on Cassville power plant to be fiery

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State regulators expect to get an earful this week about a proposed new coal-fired power plant in Cassville.

The Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing on the project this afternoon (Monday) in Cassville, and Tuesday in Portage, which is said to be an alternate site.

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Alliant Energy says the new plant could cost up to $1.3 billion.

Critics say coal-fired plants and their emissions should not even be considered at a time when global warming is such a concern.

But Alliant says it will off-set those emissions by using renewable fuels for one-fifth of the plant's production.

It also plans to close an old coal-fired boiler in Sheboygan County, thus reducing total emissions statewide.

The PSC is expected to take final action on the new plant before the end of the year.

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