"Groups Sue EPA for Documents on Texas Power Plants"

"DALLAS — Two environmental groups have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for access to 350,000 pages of documents about coal-fired power plants blamed for making Texas' pollution problems worse.

The groups claim in their federal lawsuit filed under the Freedom of Information Act that the documents will show that one or more of Luminant's five coal-fired power plants violated the Clean Air Act. The Sierra Club and the Environmental Integrity Project say they need the information so they can "protect the public health in and around these plants."

"The Sierra Club only files suits when the state or federal government fails to act," Jen Powis, a Sierra Club spokeswoman in Texas, said Thursday. "The EPA has been looking into these plants but has not been acting.""

Angela K. Brown reports for the Associated Press February 24, 2011.

Monday, February 28, 2011