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Mexican Border Power Plants

Case Overview

Suit to force the US Department of Energy to conduct a thorough environmental assessment before authorizing operation of power plants owned by US corporations and constructed in Mexico to supply power to the US energy market.

As a result of this suit, the court ordered that the DOE conduct an environmental assessment before authorizing electricity transmission.

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June 4, 2010 | Feature

The Anatomy of Air Pollution from Coal Plants

Coal plants are some of the most polluting industrial facilities on earth. The pollution emitted from their smokestacks has a profound impact on human health and the environment. Find out more about the effects.

January 10, 2006 | Legal Document

Mexican Border Power Plants Decision

Rules that the DOE and BLM violated NEPA by failing to fully analyze the potentially significant impacts of decisions to issue permits for the construction and operation of transmission lines linking power plants in Mexico to the US electric grid (May 2,

January 10, 2006 | Legal Document

Mexican Border Power Plants Complaint

Challenges permits granted to two companies planning to build electrical transmission lines from Baja, Mexico, into California (March 2002)