03/14/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Third Governor In Matter Of Days Denounces Coal

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford today became the third governor in a matter of days to renounce coal when he announced his opposition to a coal plant planned for the Pee Dee River area in Florence County. The Governor's announcement follows similar recent decisions by Michigan's Governor Jennifer Granholm and Wisconsin's Governor Jim Doyle to start moving their states beyond coal.

The head of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources also publicly opposed the Pee Dee coal plant today, citing numerous concerns (pdf) about the plant's impact on the environment and the quality of life in nearby communities.

In response, Bruce Nilles, Director of the Sierra Club's Move Beyond Coal Campaign issued the following statement.

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