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Five states sue owner of Pennsylvania power plants

29 June 2005 — On Tuesday, June 28, New York state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr., New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey and Pennsylvania Secretary for the Environment Kathleen McGinty joined forces in suing the owners of three coal-fired power plants in Pennsylvania.

The state officials contend that the three plants, Armstrong, Hatfield’s Ferry and Mitchell, violate the federal Clean Air Act. Their suit – filed in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh -said some of the plants have been allowed to operate since the 1950s without proper emissions controls. Allegheny Energy or its subsidiaries own all the plants.

Allegheny Energy responded to the lawsuit, saying it believes it remains in compliance with the state and federal regulations the lawsuit alleges the company has violated.

“We consider this new action unnecessary, given our pending lawsuit in West Virginia and our plans to reduce the absolute level of emissions at our power plants,” said Allegheny Chief Executive Paul Evanson. “We are moving forward as rapidly as our financial condition allows.”