Houston Chronicle

A federal appeals court on Thursday dismissed a Houston developer's challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rules for limiting emissions of greenhouse gases from new power plants.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the draft rules were not subject to judicial review because the EPA has not finalized them.

The ruling delivered a significant blow to Chase Power Development's Las Brisas Energy Center, a planned power plant in Corpus Christi.

The $3 billion project has stalled as the federal government pushes to limit emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases linked to global warming from new power plants. The first-ever rules are expected to bring an end to the era of coal-burning power generation as energy producers opt for cheap and plentiful natural gas.

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