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Nevada Power Company

Washington, DC: (Jun-13-07) The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency filed charges against Nevada Power Company, claiming it violated the New Source Review (NSR) provisions of the Clean Air Act at its Clark Generating Station by undertaking modifications of combustion turbines and increasing emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) without installing the required air pollution controls. NOx causes severe respiratory problems and contributes to childhood asthma. NOx is also a significant contributor to smog and haze. Air pollution from power plants can travel a significant distance downwind, crossing state lines and creating region-wide health problems.

In a settlement reached, Nevada Power agreed to pay $60.7 million to resolve the allegations. The Clean Air Act settlement will improve air quality in the Clark County/Las Vegas, Nevada area by requiring the company to reduce emissions of NOx from its Clark Generating Station by about 2,300 tons annually. This is the first NSR settlement with an electric utility concerning alleged violations at a gas-fired power plant. It is also the second NSR settlement in the past year in the Western United States. Nevada Power will also pay a $300,000 civil penalty and fund a $400,000 environment mitigation project, the installation of solar arrays on a non-profit's building in the Las Vegas area. [WEBWIRE: NOx EMISSIONS]

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Published on Jun-14-07


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