Friday, SWEPCO learned of the vote that will allow the Turk power plant to operate between the cities of Fulton and Mcnab.
"That just reinforced the fact that the permit was properly issued in the first place," says Peter Main of SWEPCO.
Construction began in 2008, but was detoured briefly when its air permit was appealed.
Construction did continue throughout the appeals process, but now SWEPCO has the approval they need to run the plant.
"Our construction of the plant goes forward," says Main.
When completed, the Turk power plant will burn tons of coal in high powered furnaces.
SWEPCO officials say it will be one of the cleanest-burning plants in the nation.
But Glenn Hooks from the Arkansas Sierra Club says will emit large amounts of carbon dioxide into the air.
"It pollutes our air, it pollutes our water and state after state across the country are getting with that idea," says Hooks.
According to the Sierra Club, nationwide since 2004, there have been roughly 150 newly proposed power plants. Reports indicate 123 of those have been rejected or abandoned.
Hooks says this will help with the fight in Arkansas.
"I expect the Turk plant to be one of the next ones," says Hooks.
With construction, the plant now employs around 1,000 workers.
When its completed officials say they plan to have 110 permanent employees.
Jobs they hope will go to Arkansans.
"We've made a consertive effort to make sure that the jobs that are created are made available to local folks," says Main.
Hook's says the fight is far from over, and plans to challenge SWEPCO's water permit and air permit.
Officials from SWEPCO say construction should be complete by October of 2012.