Court to Hear Arguments on Nation's Dirtiest Power Plants

Atlanta, GA – On Monday, March 31, 2008, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments from GreenLaw on behalf of Sierra Club and the Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI), which seek to force the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require Georgia Power to clean up four of its power plants, including Plant Bowen (Bartow County) and Plant Scherer (Monroe County), which have been ranked as two of the dirtiest plants in the country and have been operating in violation of the Clean Air Act for over twenty years.

     What:     Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - GreenLaw Hearing
     When:     9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 31, 2008

     Where:    Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
                     Elbert P. Tuttle U.S. Court of Appeals Building
                     56 Forsyth Street, NW
                     Atlanta, Georgia 30303. 

     Notes:     The argument is expected to last 30 minutes. The proceedings are open to the public. 
                    Latecomers may not be allowed admittance to the courtroom once the hearing has commenced.

The federal Clean Air Act requires that Title V permits (air quality permits issued to major air pollution sources such as Georgia Power) include a timetable to bring air pollution sources that are violating the Clean Air Act into compliance. In 1999, EPA found that Georgia Power’s operations at Plant Scherer violate the Clean Air Act, but EPA has refused, despite petitions from Sierra Club and CRBI, to put Plant Scherer on a compliance schedule.

Coal-fired power plants are responsible for emitting a host of dangerous pollutants releasing over half of the total U.S. sulfur dioxide pollution and 18% of total nitrous oxides every year. Coal-fired power plants contribute the most to toxic mercury pollution and to Hazardous Air Pollutants or “HAPS” regulated under the Clean Air Act. Coal fired power plants also release about 50% of particle pollution.

GreenLaw is a non-profit organization that provides free, high quality legal assistance to local, state, and national environmental organizations working to protect Georgia’s natural resources from unlawful air and water pollution. Additional information may be found at

The Sierra Club is the nation’s largest and oldest grassroots environmental organization with over 12,000 members in the State of Georgia. Additional information may be found at

The Coosa River Basin is a non-profit organization and member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance. Serving as the Upper Coosa Riverkeeper, its mission is to inform and empower citizens so that they may become involved in the process of creating a cleaner, healthier, more economically viable Coosa River Basin. Additional information may be found at

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