LOUISIANA GENERATING TO INSTALL POLLUTION CONTROLS, PAY $14M

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2012                             
LOUISIANA GENERATING TO INSTALL POLLUTION CONTROLS AND PAY $14 MILLION IN 
PENALTIES AND PROJECTS TO RESOLVE CLEAN AIR ACT VIOLATIONS 
Marks 24th Settlement Under United States' Power Plant Enforcement Initiative 
and Largest Clean Air Act Settlement in Louisiana History 
WASHINGTON - Louisiana Generating, an electric generating company 
owned by NRG Energy Inc., has agreed to a settlement at its Big Cajun II 
coal-fired power plant in New Roads, La., which will result in the elimination 
of over 27,300 tons of harmful emissions per year, the Department of Justice 
and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The settlement, 
lodged in federal court today in Baton Rouge, will require Louisiana Generating 
to spend approximately $250 million to reduce air pollution and also requires 
the company to pay a civil fine of $3.5 million and spend $10.5 million on 
environmental mitigation projects. 
Louisiana Generating will achieve these reductions through a 
combination of new pollution controls, natural gas conversion and annual 
emission caps at all three units at the Big Cajun II plant. Emissions of sulfur 
dioxide (SO2) will be reduced by approximately 20,000 tons and nitrogen oxides 
(NOx) by about 3,300 tons.   Louisiana Generating will spend an estimated $250 
million in capital costs to comply with the consent decree through the end of 
2015.  Louisiana Generating also has agreed to further air pollution reductions 
by 2025, which will reduce SO2 by at least an additional 4,000 tons each year. 
The state of Louisiana joined in the settlement and will receive 
$1.75 million, one-half of the $3.5 million civil penalty. 
The Clean Air Act, federal and Louisiana regulations require owners 
and operators of power plants to obtain permits and install best available 
control technology after major modifications are made to power plants.  The 
governments alleged that Louisiana Generating violated federal and state law by 
continuing to operate Big Cajun II Units 1 and 2 without getting the required 
permits and installing modern air pollution controls after the largest boiler 
modifications in the history of the plant were made at the facility. 
"The Big Cajun II Power Plant is the largest source of illegal air pollution in 
Louisiana.  This settlement will secure substantial reductions in harmful 
emissions from the plant which will have a beneficial impact on air quality for 
residents of Louisiana and downwind states, including low-income communities 
who have been historically overburdened with pollution," said Ignacia S. 
Moreno, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Environment and 
Natural Resources Division. "Louisiana Generating will install modern air 
pollution controls that will significantly reduce harmful emissions and also 
will perform environmental projects that will conserve energy." 
"This settlement represents a big win for the people of Louisiana 
and surrounding states, showing that we can both protect public health and the 
environment without taking away the electricity and jobs essential to our 
community," said Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr., the U.S. Attorney for the Middle 
District of Louisiana. 
"This settlement continues our important enforcement initiative to 
reduce harmful illegal air pollution from the largest sources of emissions," 
said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Enforcement and 
Compliance Assurance. "Pollution from these sources can cause severe 
respiratory and cardiovascular impacts, and EPA is committed to making sure 
that they all comply with the law."                                              
"Louisiana continues to see the positive effects from emission 
reductions from facilities across the state," said Peggy Hatch, Secretary of 
the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. "The reduction in air 
emissions from this settlement will be beneficial to our citizens. The health 
of Louisiana's environment is the best it has been since the creation of the 
Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.  Reductions such as these will only continue 
that trend. We'll continue to work with our local, state and federal partners 
to protect human health and the environment." 
Louisiana Generating will spend $10.5 million on environmental mitigation 
projects that will further reduce emissions and benefit communities adversely 
affected by pollution from the Big Cajun II plant as follows: 
*         Install solar photovoltaic panels at local schools, government-owned 
facilities or buildings owned by nonprofit groups; 
*          Restore and protect land, watersheds, vegetation and forests; 
*         Fund creation of one or more charging stations for electric vehicles 
in the South Louisiana area that are supplied with zero emission renewable 
energy sources; 
*         Mitigate nitrogen loading in the False River, which will have the 
co-benefit of reducing phosphorus loading and preventing harmful algal blooms; 
*         Conduct energy efficiency projects, which could include voltage 
optimization, residential energy efficiency and assistance with commercial or 
industrial energy efficiency improvements; and 
*         Pay $1.5 million to the state of Louisiana to implement projects 
which could include the following: retrofitting vehicles with pollution 
controls, truck stop electrification, purchase and installation of 
photo-voltaic cells on buildings, building energy conservation and efficiency, 
buyback programs for dirty old motors and removal or replacement of oil-fired 
home heaters with ultra-low sulphur oil and outdoor wood-fired boilers. 
The settlement marks the federal government's 24th settlement under 
its national enforcement initiative to reduce emissions from coal-fired power 
plants under the Clean Air Act's New Source Review requirements. SO2 and NOx, 
two key pollutants emitted from power plants, have numerous adverse effects on 
human health and the environment. These pollutants are converted in the air to 
fine particles of particulate matter that can cause severe respiratory and 
cardiovascular impacts, and premature death. SO2 and NOx are also significant 
contributors to acid rain, smog and haze. In addition, air pollution from power 
plants can drift significant distances downwind, thereby affecting not only 
local communities, but also communities in a much broader area. 
The proposed settlement will be lodged in the U.S. District Court 
for the Middle District of Louisiana is subject to a public comment period and 
final court approval. The consent decree can be viewed at the Department of 
Justice website: 
www.justice.gov/enrd/Consent_Decrees.html<http://www.justice.gov/enrd/Consent_De
crees.html>. 
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