Thursday, August 17, 2006

Federal court slams polluter attempt to evade Clean Air Act; issue heading to the Supreme Court

Today a federal appeals court slammed an industry attempt to evade the Clean Air Act.

The case involves a lawsuit by the Clinton administration and NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer against the Cinergy Corp., which was charged with illegally modifying its power plants in a way that increased pollution.

Cinergy argued that it did not violate the la, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rejected Cinergy's argument as nonsense.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear similar arguments next fall -- oral arguments are slated for Nov. 1 -- in a different case involving Duke Power.

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