(CN) - Basin Electric Power Co.'s coal-powered power plant will dump more than 34 tons of pollutants a year into the air over Wyoming because the company did not install the "maximum achievable technology" for emissions control, the Sierra Club claims in Cheyenne Federal Court.
The Sierra Club claims that Basin's Dry Fork plant will emit 67 pollutants, which will poison a town of more than 20,000 people, a pristine river, and Badlands National Park.
The Sierra Club says construction is continuing at the plant, in defiance of the Clean Air Act, which requires coal-fired power plants to implement "maximum achievable technology" emissions controls.
The Sierra Club wants construction stopped until Basin Electric complies with the law, and fines for every day it does not. It is represented by Gay George with Brand Law of Cheyenne.
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