The cost of a new coal-fired power plant near Texarkana, Ark., has climbed to more than $2 billion, according to a recent study presented by opponents of the project. Officials with Southwestern Electric Power say the criticism is simply an attempt to derail the project. Earlier this month, the utility said delays in obtaining an air permit for the plant had boosted its cost estimate to $1.63 billion. In 2006, SWEPCO estimated the project would cost $1.3 billion.

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