Feds Sue Over 2 Power Plants Including One In Central Texas


DALLAS (August 18, 2013)--The U.S. Justice Department has filed a clean-air lawsuit against Dallas-based Luminant Generation over pollution from two coal-fired power plants.

The Big Brown plant near Fairfield and the Martin Lake plant near Tyler are at the center of the lawsuit, which alleges Luminant made changes to the two plants without permits or needed improvements, resulting in increased air pollution.

Luminant is the electric power generating subsidiary of the financially troubled Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings, which bought out TXU in 2007.

A statement from Luminant says the federal allegations are without merit.

The more than 40-year-old Big Brown plant and its mine employ about 300 workers and in 2012 paid more than $110 million in property taxes, according to Luminant’s website.