Power plant target of pollution suit
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Three people who live near a coal-fired FirstEnergy Corp. power plant in southwestern Pennsylvania are suing, claiming their properties are being harmed by soot and other pollutants.
A FirstEnergy spokeswoman said attorneys haven’t had a chance to review the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Pittsburgh, targeting the Hatfield’s Ferry plant in Masontown, south of Pittsburgh.
The attorney who filed the lawsuit just last week won an appellate court battle over a similar suit against GenOn’s power plant in Cheswick, just northeast of Pittsburgh.
The appeals court ruled nearby residents could still sue if their property is affected by pollution, even though the plant meets state and federal pollution standards.
FirstEnergy plans to shut the Hatfield’s Ferry plant in October, because it can’t afford $275 million in improvements needed to meet toughening federal pollution standards.