Environmenal groups starting to directly sue industry

The Sierra Club’s suit of Luminant’s Big Brown Steam Electric plant when the EPA elects not to sue may be a sign of the future.  It also seems that Sierra Club is suing over the way they wish the rules to be instead of the way the rules are written.  According to articles in the Texas Tribune (copied in the NY Times), the new tactic for environmentalists is to directly sue companies when the government doesn’t.  The article covers the suit of Luminant’s Big Brown Steam Electric Station in Fairfield, TX.  Sierra Club uses company-reported data to come up with violations that TCEQ didn’t find.  Some of the “in the weeds” stuff is permit language allowing opacity exceedences during start ups, shut downs, maintenance and malfunctions and newer EPA requirements.  Sierra Club apparently doesn’t like the way the permit was written and seeks to enforces its own version.

The sign of things to come?  By the way,  the Big Brown station is a 2 GW coal plant.  The article has the standard “spewing pollution” statement and pictures of polluting stacks that look a lot like condensing water vapor.

http://www.texastribune.org/2014/02/23/fed-government-environmentalists-sue-companies/

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7 responses to “Environmenal groups starting to directly sue industry

  1. This looks like a good way for industry to totally destroy the Greens attacking them through the courts. Win a couple huge suits and they are gone!

  2. ” The article has the standard “spewing pollution” statement and pictures of polluting stacks that look a lot like condensing water vapor.”

    I hate those pictures of water vapor. Sometimes those pictures are not of stacks but cooling condensers.

    but the Journalists get a lot of mileage from false reporting

  3. I hope that Luminant has a big, fat, juicy counterclaim against the Sierra Club lined up, complete with punitive damages.

  4. Make them produce a real PEER REVIEWED PAPER and then make them produce a Scientific PROOF – http://www.scientificpsychic.com/workbook/scientific-method.htm

    http://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/scientific-experiments/scientific-peer-review1.htm

    None of them have reached a degree of peer review as they will not release the raw base metadata so other scientists can attempt to prove or disprove the presented material.

  5. I keep hoping some billionaire will leave his or her estate to groups like the Pacific Legal Foundation: http://www.pacificlegal.org/

  6. Sierra club suing any electric plant makes no sense since they accepted $26 million from natural gas.

  7. Collusion (with the EPA) comes to mind. Kind of like the enforcement branch of the mob. “Nice power plant ya got dere, be ashame if sumtin’ were to happen to it….”

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