Air Pollution Control Equipment Services, Coal, Emissions

Judge rules coal-fired power plant did not violate Clean Air Act

Luminant won a court battle against over alleged Clean Air Act violations at the Big Brown coal-fired power plant in Texas.

A judge with the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas (Waco) ruled that no violations occurred at the plant and denied all of the Sierra Club’s requested relief after a three-day non-jury trial.

Sierra Club filed the lawsuit in May 2012 alleging that Luminant violated the law due to emissions that occurred during maintenance, startups and shutdowns at the plant between July 2007 and the present. The suit asked for more than $330 million in civil penalties and $140 million in new emission control upgrades.

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