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CASPER - The Sierra Club has filed a federal lawsuit challenging construction of a coal-fired power plant near Wright in northeast Wyoming.

The group contends that a years-old emissions permit for the Two Elk plant is invalid and stricter emission controls should be enforced.

North American Power Group is behind the plant and has managed to sustain a state-issued air quality permit since 1998.

The air emissions permit was put in limbo once, then reinstated in 2003 on several specific conditions.

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North American Power Group spokesman Brad Enzi said the company has agreed to modify its air quality permit to the most recent control technologies under Wyoming regulatory standards.

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