Power Plant Threat in Yellowstone

Air experts at the Park Service and the Fish & Wildlife Service determined that the proposed plant would be "a significant contributor" to adverse visibility impacts "severe in both frequency and magnitude" in Yellowstone and UL Bend.

Case Overview

The Bush administration blessed a new coal-fired power plant planned for central Montana that would pollute the air over Yellowstone and other clean-air places despite objections from the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Earthjustice challenged the plant in court. The government withdrew the approval, and the case was dismissed.

Yellowstone National Park.
Yellowstone National Park. (Photo courtesy of Brook Ward)

Case Updates

July 1, 2005 Press Release

Appeals Court Upholds Citizens' Rights To Protect Clean Air In Yellowstone National Park

Public has the right to challenge new power plant permits

October 30, 2003 Press Release

Administration Approves Power Plant that Threatens Visibility in Yellowstone

Administration overrules earlier findings of adverse air impacts