Expert: TVA could move quicker to cap pollution

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- An expert in air pollution control technology says the Tennessee Valley Authority could move far more quickly to reduce emissions from its coal-fired power plants.

The testimony came Tuesday on the second day of a hearing in U.S. District Court in Asheville in Attorney General Roy Cooper's lawsuit against TVA. The lawsuit accuses the utility of allowing its plants to illegally spew polluted air across state lines into North Carolina.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Jim Staudt, a consultant to the Environmental Protection Agency, testified that TVA's pollution is unreasonable. Staudt said "the responsible thing to do" would be to cut pollution rates faster.

The state has asked a federal judge to order TVA cut pollution from 11 of its coal-fired plants. A lawyer for the utility has said TVA has already reduced pollution.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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