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On October 12, 2011, in a lengthy opinion that concludes with recognizing plaintiffs’ frustration, Judge Terrence McVerry, of the Western District of Pennsylvania, granted defendants’ motions to dismiss all claims brought by governmental plaintiffs against current and former owners of a coal-fired power plant. In United States v. EME Homer City Generation L.P., et al., the U.S. and state intervenors (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York) alleged that defendants violated the federal Clean Air Act (“CAA”)’s PSD (prevention of significant deterioration) and Title V requirements. The crux of plaintiffs’ arguments was that defendants failed to obtain necessary permits, and that more stringent CAA emissions standards applied to projects at the power plant’s modified units to reduce SO2 emissions. Read More »