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Texas Coal Plant Sued Over Air Pollution Violations

Case Overview

Earthjustice is representing the Sierra Club in its lawsuit against Texas coal plant owner, Luminant Generation Company, for repeatedly violating federal air pollution regulations. The company’s Martin Lake plant, one of the dirtiest coal plants in the nation, has accumulated more than 50,000 air pollution violations in the last five years.

The lawsuit is based largely on company self-reported emissions data that indicates that the coal-fired power plant is emitting excessive amounts of fine particle pollution, exposure to which has been linked to asthma attacks, lung ailments, and thousands of premature deaths a year. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has ignored years of repeated excessive soot pollution and other violations at the Martin Lake plant, putting the health of nearby communities at risk.

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