There was another setback in Austin on Thursday, for the proposed Las Brisas Energy Plant.
A district judge in Travis County said he would send the plant's existing air permit back to the state Commission on Environmental Quality for more analysis. He said he will likely sign that order next week.
At issue is whether the proposed $3 billion petroleum coke plant would meet current air quality standards for sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide emissions. The plant received its current permit in January of 2011, but it was immediately challenged by a number of environmental groups.
Those groups claim that the plant, which would go in on the north side of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, would significantly harm the local environment.