(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Office of the Connecticut Attorney General Jepsen
and received via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by
the sender.) 
Connecticut, New Jersey Settle Clean Air Lawsuit
With Owners of Coal-Burning Generating Plant 
The owners of a Pennsylvania power plant have agreed to stop
burning coal in two generating units and to provide $1 million
towards environmental mitigation in Connecticut and New Jersey
as part of a clean air settlement announced today by Attorney
General George Jepsen and Energy and Environmental Protection
Commissioner Daniel C. Esty. 
The terms were outlined in a consent decree filed today in U.S.
District Court in Philadelphia. It resolves a lawsuit filed by
New Jersey and Connecticut seeking to enforce the federal Clean
Air Act and reduce air pollution emissions by two coal-fired
generating units at the Portland Generating Station in eastern
“Geography makes Connecticut and other northeastern states
vulnerable to air pollution blown in from other regions,” said
Attorney General Jepsen. “We will continue to challenge
emissions from pollution sources in other states, to help meet
the air quality standards necessary for the health and safety of
Connecticut residents.” 
Commissioner Esty said, “This is another successful action to
prevent other states from benefitting at our expense. For too
long, too many states have allowed dirty coal to be burned to
produce electricity - giving them lower cost power to benefit
their economies while pushing significant air pollution our way.
With the Attorney General, we are - case by case - addressing
this issue to level the economic playing field and protect the
health of our residents.” 
Among other terms, the settlement requires the plant owners to:
• Except as essential to maintain reliability of the electric
grid, stop burning coal in Units 1 and 2, which have a combined
generating capacity of 401 megawatts, by June 1, 2014. Coal
burning produces emissions of air pollutants sulfur dioxide,
nitrogen oxide and particulate matter.
• Comply with a final Environmental Protection Agency rule
requiring significant reductions in sulfur dioxide emissions
from the units to help meet national ambient air quality
standards for sulfur dioxide in New Jersey. Meeting those
reductions will require the units to install major new pollution
controls, switch to natural gas as a fuel or cease operation in
January 2015. 
• Pay $1 million into an environmental mitigation fund to be
shared by New Jersey and Connecticut. 
New Jersey filed the lawsuit in 2007 and Connecticut intervened
in 2008. The generating station is owned by GenOn Power
Generation, LLC (formed by merger with RRI Energy Power
Generation, Inc., which was formerly known as Reliant Energy
Power Generation, Inc.), GenOn REMA, LLC (formerly known as RRI
Energy Mid-Atlantic Holdings, LLC, and Reliant Energy Mid-Atlantic Holdings, LLC), and Sithe Energies, Inc., now known as
Dynegy, Inc. 
Assistant Attorneys General Scott Koschwitz and Kimberly
Massicotte, Environment department head, handled this matter for
the Attorney General with Associate Attorney General Joseph
Media Contact:
Office of the Attorney General
Susan E. Kinsman
860-808-5324 (office)
860- 478-9581 (cell) 
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Dennis Schain
860-424-3110 (office)
860-462-3468 (cell) 
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