Local & Regional
10:53 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Feds Accuse OG&E of Violating Clean Air Act

The OG&E plant at Muskogee
Credit State Impact-Oklahoma

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."