13 June 2007 -- Nevada Power Co. will spend up to $60 million on an advanced burner technology that will reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from its Clark Generating Station power plant. The upgrade is part of a deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency resolving alleged violations related to the power plant. The company will also contribute $400,000 to Vegas PBS to fund a solar panel array on its new Educational Technology Campus planned. And it will pay a $300,000 fine.
Under the agreement Nevada Power does not admit any liability. The alleged violations resolved concern the company's supposed failure to obtain a permit and install new emission controls when Nevada Power upgraded turbine blades at its Clark Station in 1992. The company believed Clark County officials properly determined no permit was required. The EPA disagreed some years later. Nevada Power said it still believes that it complied fully with the law, but has chosen to reduce emissions rather than litigate this dispute.