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Alberta coal-fired plant challenged by environmental group

An environmental group has filed a court challenge over the approval of a coal-fired power plant in northern Alberta.

The Pembina Institute says the Alberta Utilities Board's interim approval of Maxim Power's 500-megawatt project near Grande Cache was issued quickly to dodge upcoming federal regulations on carbon emissions.

The institute is seeking permission to appeal to have the decision overturned.

Maxim (TSX:MXG) says the plant would be the cleanest and most fuel-efficient coal-fired power plant in Canada.

The company hopes to start building next summer and begin generating power in 2015.

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