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PPL Montana et al.

Billings, MT: (Mar-24-07) A lawsuit was filed by the Environmental Protection Agency against the Colstrip power plant owners, PPL Montana, NorthWestern Energy, Puget Sound Energy Inc., Portland General Electric Co., Avista Corp. and PacifiCorp. The lawsuit accused the companies of violating a condition in their 1979 permit to install pollution-control equipment for nitrogen oxides. The condition was included on behalf of the Northern Cheyenne, whose reservation is near the power plants and has very clean air. PPL Montana and the other owners of the coal-fired plants agreed to pay a $50,000 civil penalty and to install pollution control equipment that will cut nitrogen oxides emissions by about 55 percent, or more than 14,000 tons a year. The settlement will also include $100,000 compensation to build a home energy-efficiency project on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. [HELENA INDEPENDENT RECORD: POWER PLANT POLLUTION]

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Published on Mar-27-07


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