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Sierra Club files suit against SRP over public records law, Coolidge gas plant

The Sierra Club has filed suit against Salt River Project over records relating to a proposed expansion of a natural gas powered plant near Coolidge.

Conservationists and residents who live near the plant have opposed the expansion since it was proposed in August 2021.

The Sierra Club is pushing the utility to move faster on climate change and says that it requested documents under public records law to learn about the power generation and planning process.

But SRP said that public records laws did not apply to the utility.

“If they’re not going to provide information, they need to tell us, basically, what they’re not providing and why,” said Sandy Bahr of the Sierra Club.

SRP said in an email that it had not had time to review the lawsuit.

Ron Dungan has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.