Description: Citizen suit against owner-operators of power plant in Pennsylvania.
Sierra Club v. Talen Energy Corp.
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 05/17/2018 Complaint Download Complaint filed. 05/17/2018 Consent Decree Download Proposed consent decree lodged. Power Plant Owner-Operators Agreed to Stop Burning Coal to Resolve Citizen Suit. Sierra Club and the owners and operators of the Brunner Island Steam Electric Plant in Pennsylvania lodged a consent decree in the federal district court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Among other things, the consent decree requires the defendants to cease combustion of coal by the end of 2028, except during certain “Emergency Action” events. In addition, the facility must cease combusting coal during the ozone season by the end of 2022 ozone season, except that during an interim period from 2023 to 2028, the plant may burn coal during the ozone season so long as certain conditions are met, including that the facility’s Units 1-3 shall emit less than 6.8 million tons of carbon dioxide each year.