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U.S. EPA FINES NEVADA POWER CO. $400,000

 U.S. EPA FINES NEVADA POWER CO. $400,000
 SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental


Protection Agency today announced an agreement with Nevada Power Co. (NPC) which resolves federal Clean Air Act violations at the utility's Reid-Gardner Generating Station, near Moapa, Nev.
 Under terms of a consent decree entered in U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, Nevada Power will comply with clean air requirements and pay a civil penalty of $400,000. The agreement also contains a testing schedule for the Reid-Gardner facility.
 "This penalty sends an important message to the utility industry," said David Howekamp, director of the air and toxics division of EPA's western regional office. "Failure to properly operate air pollution control equipment is inviting vigorous enforcement by U.S. EPA."
 U.S. EPA charged that Nevada Power bypassed malfunctioning pollution control devices instead of shutting down or reducing operation at its facility. NPC was also charged with failing to properly file excess emission reports as required under federal law.
 The company's actions resulted in the excess emission of sulfur dioxide and particulate pollutants into the atmosphere. Major health effects associated with high exposure to sulfur dioxide and elevated concentrations of particles include breathing difficulties and aggravation of existing respiratory and cardiovascular disease.
 Nevada Power agreed to strictly limit the nature and duration of bypasses to pollution control equipment. NPC must also pass two performance tests at Reid-Gardner Unit 4 over the next year to assure that the unit is complying with all emission limitations.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Glenn of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1589/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: California, Nevada IN: SU:


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