Defending Clean Air in Wausau

Clean Wisconsin filed a lawsuit against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, asking the court to compel the DNR to issue an air permit for Wisconsin Public Service Corporation’s Weston coal plant in Rothschild, which had been operating with an expired air permit since 2009.

In 2011 alone, the Weston coal plant emitted 16,351,229 pounds of sulfur dioxide, 5,777,421 pounds of nitrogen oxides, and 1,426,929 pounds of particulates. The plant also emitted significant amounts of arsenic, mercury, barium and other hazardous air pollutants. Because the air permit expired in 2009, there was no guarantee that the power plant was operating within federally established pollution limits.

Read more about Clean Wisconsin’s lawsuit here.