ATLANTA -- Plans to complete a Morgantown, W.Va, coal-burning plant financed by $80 million of tax-exempt bonds have been thrown into doubt by a local court ruling that forbids the plant from using city streets to transport materials.

Ruling Friday on a lawsuit filed in 1989 by an environmental group against the plant's developer, Morgantown Energy Associates, Judge George W. Hill of the Circuit Court of Monongalia County said that fuel brought to the facility and ash leaving it could only be transported by barge on an adjacent river.

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