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$4.6 Billion – Air Pollution Doesn’t Pay (Anymore) for VA Power Plants

October 9, 2007

Richmond, VA – The pollution stops here. Under an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department, coal-fired power plants in Virginia and four other states will be cleaning up their acts, literally. The company that owns the plants, American Electric Power, was sued eight years ago for violating the federal Clean Air Act; and yesterday, all parties in the case agreed to a record-breaking settlement.

The polluting plants will pay a fine of $15 million and spend $4.6 billion installing equipment to reduce dangerous emissions. David Willet, national press officer for the Sierra Club, says it means better air quality, in Virginia and at least a dozen other Northeastern states.

"It's good news for anyone who breathes in the East and the Northeast, because there will be significant reductions in the pollution that causes smog and acid rain."

Plaintiffs in the case included eight Northeastern states, the federal government, and multiple conservation groups. The lawsuit charged that the power company had "illegally released massive amounts of air pollutants for years." Willett says as soon as pollution control equipment is in place, the environment can start to recover.

"As soon as you stop polluting the air, the earth can begin to heal itself. By taking action now, we can make sure that we have cleaner air in the future."

The settlement is the largest ever for an environmental lawsuit. More details will be announced later today.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - VA