What are the oldest power plants in the U.S.? Are they renovated to meet current pollution control standards?



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    Nevada Power’s Reid Gardner coal-fired power plant has a higher emission rate of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide than any other power plant in the United States, according to a new ranking issued today by the Environmental Integrity Project.

    When the original Clean Air Act was passed in 1970, the electric utility industry persuaded Congress to not impose strict pollution controls on old power plants, because they would soon be replaced by newer state-of-the-art facilities. Yet despite the industry’s promises, many of the nation’s oldest and dirtiest power plants such as Reid Gardner continue to operate today.

    Environmental laws that guarantee clean air and water, protect human exposure to toxic waste, and preserve natural resources are viewed as a birthright by most Americans. On paper, these laws are impressive in scope, but unfortunately in practice, they are often ignored.

    The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) works closely with local communities to protect the public’s health and resources by promoting better enforcement of federal environmental laws. EIP also seeks to protect these laws from political interference.

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