A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

Biggest US power company goes on trial for alleged Clean Air Act violations

[JURIST] A civil trial of American Electric Power [corporate website], the nation's biggest power company, opened Wednesday on charges by the government and eight states that it had violated the Clean Air Act [EPA website]. The suit against AEP alleges violations in connection with modifications made to power plants that didn't include the installation of pollution-reduction devices. Similar suits [JURIST report] have been filed by other states against other power companies. Two key issues are in question: first, whether the work done to the power plants required the installation of the anti-pollution devices; and second, the differences between the Clinton-era rules that governed the industry when the suits were filed, and new relaxed Bush administration rules under review by federal courts [AP report]. AP has more. Read the complaint [PDF].

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.