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 Guardians Wins Suit Against Coal-fired Power Plant

Dear Guardian, 

It’s a victory for clean energy and another setback for coal.

On September 28, a federal judge in Colorado ruled in favor of WildEarth Guardians, maintaining that the coal-fired power plant in the eastern plains town of Lamar violated the Clean Air Act for more than four years.

Since 2009, we’ve been working with residents of this small town to stand up to their coal burning power plant, which is operated by the Arkansas River Power Authority. Unbelievably, the plant used to burn natural gas, but converted to coal because it was considered cheaper.

Unfortunately for those living in Lamar, the coal was cheaper because the plant was breaking the law. With the help of the University of Denver Environmental Law Clinic, we sought to put an end to these ongoing clean air violations and filed suit.

Thankfully, this dirty energy wrong has been righted and now the Arkansas River Power Authority—which provides power to all of southeastern Colorado—faces millions in penalties. 

For now, the plant is shutdown, meaning we have an opportunity to help southeastern Colorado power past coal to clean energy for good. As I told the media:

The cost of coal is tremendous. We hope the Arkansas River Power Authority comes to its senses and finds a better way forward to provide clean, reliable, and affordable energy for all of southeastern Colorado.

The time is right. As noted in a recent article, businesses, including the local truck stop, are already looking to develop their own wind turbines to power their operations. 

This is an awesome example of the power of citizens to protect their environment, the effectiveness of WildEarth Guardians’ efforts to confront coal, and the success of your support.


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Jeremy Nichols
Climate & Energy Program Director
WildEarth Guardians
jnichols@wildearthguardians.org

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 Wind turbines north of Lamar attest to the abundance of clean energy in eastern Colorado

 

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Read Westword, Denver's weekly newspaper, for more about the controversy at the Lamar coal-fired power plant.

 


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