Local & Regional
Tue July 9, 2013
Feds Accuse OG&E of Violating Clean Air Act
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The federal government has filed suit against Oklahoma Gas & Electric, alleging that the utility violated the Clean Air Act at its power plants in Muskogee and Sooner.
The lawsuit filed Monday alleges that OG&E increased the output of its coal-fired units without installing effective pollution controls.
At issue are renovations done to the Muskogee and Sooner plants between 2003 and 2006.
OG&E spokesman Brian Alford says the utility denies the allegations laid out in the complaint. Alford tells the Muskogee Phoenix that OG&E is in compliance with state and federal requirements.
The Clean Air Act requires a company to assess what effect changes to a plant would have on future emissions. The lawsuit claims that OG&E's analyses of future emissions were "legally insufficient."