The appeals court reversed the judge's ruling that plans for Longleaf should limit carbon dioxide emissions. Environmentalists around the country had hailed that decision because it linked, for the first time, coal-fired power plants and global warming from greenhouse gases.
Justine Thompson, executive director of GreenLaw, an Atlanta environmental legal group, said the appeals court decision will be appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court. She said, "The reality is that the permit (for the plant) remains invalid. They can't move forward."