Thursday, July 16, 2015

Iowa Utility Agrees to Phase Out Seven Coal Plants in Settlement

This July 15, 2015 photo shows Interstate Power and Light's plant in Ottumwa, Iowa. Interstate Power and Light, Alliant Energy's Iowa subsidiary, agreed Wednesday, July 15, 2015 to drastically cut pollution at Ottumwa and several coal-fired power plants under a Clean Air Act settlement that's expected to make the air safer and easier to breathe around the state. (Credit: Matt Milner/The Courier via AP) Click to Enlarge.
The Sierra Club said on Wednesday that an Iowa utility has agreed to phase out seven coals plants in a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency, the state and the environmental group.

Alliant Energy Corp subsidiary Interstate Power and Light agreed to install pollution controls at two of its largest coal-fired power plants, and either retire or convert the five remaining plants to natural gas.

Interstate also agreed to pay a civil penalty of $1.1 million to resolve claims it violated the U.S. Clean Air Act.

The Sierra Club joined the lawsuit along with the state of Iowa, the EPA and Justice Department as co-plaintiffs.

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