MidAmerican Energy reaches settlement with environmental group

MidAmerican Energy Co. settled with the Sierra Club over alleged Clean Air Act violations at three coal-fired power plants in Iowa.

Under the settlement terms, MidAmerican will complete the installation of baghouses at units 3 and 4 of the Neal Energy Center North by Dec. 31, 2014. That work was already in progress by the time the settlement was reached. The company will also stop burning coal at boilers 1 and 2 at Neal; boilers 1 and 2 at Walter Scott Jr. Energy Center, and is evaluating the use of other fuels such as natural gas for continued operations at these facilities. The company said it would stop burning solid fuel at the Riverside Generating Station and switch to natural gas.

MidAmerican also agreed to fund and implement a supplemental environmental project and is working to install a possible 60 kW solar project at the Iowa State fairgrounds.

In July 2012, Sierra Club sent a notice of intent to sue to MidAmerican alleging violations of the Clean Air Act at the Neal, Riverside and Walter Scott power plants.

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