Environmentalists sue Texas over coal plant permit

Associated Press

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Environmental groups have challenged in court a decision by a Texas state agency to grant an air permit to a proposed coal-fired power plant in South Texas.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports the lawsuit was filed Monday in state district court in Travis County for the Sierra Club and the Clean Economy Coalition.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality granted an air permit to the $3 billion Las Brisas Energy Center in January.

The permit was granted despite opposition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Two administrative law judges also recommended against granting the permit. The EPA and the judges expressed concern the plant would exceed permissible pollution limits.

The lawsuit argues the commission granted the permit with insufficient evidence that the plant would meet federal and state pollution guidelines.