Sierra Club and Environmental Integrity Project want to know.
Luminant's Big Brown coal plant in Fairfield, Texas
That’s what Neil Carman, Sierra Club’s Clean Air Program Director calls Luminant’s Monticello, Martin Lake, and Big Brown coal plants. Together with Environmental Integrity Project, Sierra Club has found over 50,000 violations of the Clean Air Act at the Martin Lake plant alone. The three, east Texas coal plants together emit over 5,000 pounds of mercury pollution each year and together are three of the largest carbon polluters for Texas.
Now, we want to know other ways Luminant might be breaking the law. The EPA has the info, but so far won’t give it up. That’s why yesterday Sierra Club and Environmental Integrity Project asked the EPA to hand over the documents in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed in federal district court in San Francisco.
Most of all, we want Luminant to clean up their act. And ultimately, we want Texas to move beyond burning coal for electricity and continue on the clean power path with energy efficiency and renewables.
Here’s Jen Powis, Sierra Club Regional Beyond Coal Campaign Manager:
For too long Luminant—and particularly these three plants—have been polluting the air in Texas and our neighboring states. The Freedom of Information Act allows the public to obtain these documents so we can see for ourselves whether Luminant has violated the law in more ways than we already know about. If Luminant has broken the law, then the company should be held accountable and if the state or the EPA won’t do it, then Sierra Club should.
Read more here.
~ Donna Hoffman
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Governor Rick Perry's TCEQ Loves Coal Plants. Ignores Pleas of People for Healthy Clean Air.
Despite the wisdom of the Matagorda County medical community’s pleas in a letter signed by 30 doctors, despite its own Administrative Law Judges’ recommendations, despite the wishes of the residents of Matagorda County in the No Coal Coalition, Governor Perry’s Commissioners at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) today granted the White Stallion coal plant permit to pollute.
This morning, while citizens from Matagorda County including a class of school children watched, Chairman Shaw and Commissioners Garcia and Rubio, criticized the recommendations from the state’s administrative law judges and decided to grant the permit with special conditions. Sierra Club once again calls on the state legislature to reform the TCEQ so that it cannot continue to ignore federal and state air quality standards during the permitting process.
Air polution from Coal Plants is Linked to Asthma, other Respiratory Ailments, Heart Disease, Neurological Disorders, and Early Mortality.
“Once again, the Commissioners are doing the work for the applicant and using this failed system to avoid public input.” said Jen Powis Senior Regional Representative for Sierra Club. “Today’s decision is another pitiful example of how Governor Perry and his political cronies ignore federal and state law and reward companies to pollute in Texas.”
The Cronies — Perry’s TCEQ Commissioners Shaw, Garcia, and Rubinstein
“TCEQ is a failed agency and has failed the citizens of Texas again.” said Allison Sliva with the No Coal Coalition of Matagorda County. “The administrative law judges didn’t like this permit, elected officials in Matagorda County and Houston have raised serious questions about it, and the citizens don’t like it. But rather than consider these criticisms, the Commissioners ignored these concerns and simply granted it.”
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Over 100 concerned citizens arrived at Bay City’s Service Center on Tuesday night for a town hall to learn about the water rationing and water quality issues surrounding the proposed White Stallion Coal Plant. The panelists included water experts, wildlife experts, fishermen, and farmers. Buddy Treybig, a local fisherman and shrimper, expressed his concerned regarding the construction of the plant. “If it pollutes any, it’s too much,” Buddy said of the proposed coal plant which is currently seeking its first permit, needed to begin construction. Buddy said he is not willing to take a chance when it comes to the pollution of his community, “it’s too much of a gamble.” All of those in the audience who came forward to make comments or ask questions expressed a serious concern over the health impacts of the plant.
One of the highlights of the evening was Judge Nate McDonald’s announcement that he and the majority of the county commissioners are now opposed to the construction of the coal plant. We thank and applaud Judge McDonald’s decision and we invite him to join us in the efforts to prevent this hazardous plant from being built in Bay City.
Hats off to the No Coal Coalition for hosting such a successful event and we congratulate them for making such high strides Tuesday night. We can smell victory!