Louisiana Generating settles Clean Air Act suit

Associated Press Modified: November 20, 2012 at 7:15 pm •  Published: November 20, 2012
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The governments alleged that Louisiana Generating violated federal and state law by continuing to operate Big Cajun II Units 1 and 2 without getting the required permits and installing modern air-pollution controls after the largest boiler modifications in the history of the plant were made at the facility.

Louisiana Generating will spend $10.5 million on environmental mitigation projects that will further reduce emissions including installing solar photovoltaic panels at local schools, government-owned facilities or buildings owned by nonprofit groups; restore and protect land, watersheds, vegetation and forests; fund creation of one or more charging stations for electric vehicles in the South Louisiana area that are supplied with zero emission renewable energy sources and conduct energy efficiency projects.

In addition, the state will get $1.5 million to implement projects which could include retrofitting vehicles with pollution controls, truck stop electrification, buyback programs for dirty old motors and removal or replacement of oil-fired home heaters with ultra-low sulphur oil and outdoor wood-fired boilers.

The settlement marks the federal government's 24th settlement under its national enforcement initiative to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants under the Clean Air Act's New Source Review requirements.

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The consent decree can be viewed at the Department of Justice website: www.justice.gov/enrd/Consent_Decrees.html .