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On Jan. 6, 2011, Attorney General Eric T. Scheiderman announced that he is taking action to sue a major Pennsylvania electric power plant over multiple violations of the federal Clean Air Act (CAA) at the facility. The plant, Homer City Station, is the largest out-of-state contributor of sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution to New York. The facility emits approximately 100,000 tons of SO2 annually – more than twice as much of this harmful pollutant as all of the power plants operating in New York combined.
Schneiderman said, “Their disregard for New Yorkers is simply unconscionable, and as Attorney General, I am committed to taking the fight to those who endanger the health and environment of New York. This lawsuit reflects my commitment, holding the owners of the Homer City power plant accountable for breaking the law, and polluting the air that New Yorkers breathe.”
New York joins with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the federal EPA in this filing. This was to ensure that the case would be heard before the same judge at the same time.
The plant began operations in 1969 and two more units were added in 1977. A spokesman for the owners said the company has yet to review the papers and does not comment on current litigation actions. He did add that the new owners have invested $300 million in pollution controls that reduced SO2.
However, two of the three units at the plant have no scrubbers installed. That has fueled the lawsuit with claims the plant is in violation of the Clean Air Act as the rules required them to install best available control technology when modifications were made to the facility that increased emissions.