Tribe: NV Energy falsified pollution data from coal plant

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Updated: 3/20/2013 2:34 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Representatives of an Indian tribe with homes near a coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas say they've got evidence the region's dominant electric utility submitted five years' worth of what they call "phony" pollution reports to the state.

They also allege that NV Energy avoided any penalties.

NV Energy chief Michael Yackira responded Wednesday, calling assertions that his company falsified documents "patently false."

Company and state officials acknowledge that from 2006 to 2011 a third-party report measuring fine pollution particles near the Reid Gardner plant was faulty.

A Nevada Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman compared the data that was collected to a broken record playing the same song over and over.

But company and state officials say the power plant never failed to meet federal and state smokestack emission standards.

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Response to article from Nevada Division of Environmental Protection:

1. The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection has no evidence that Nevada Energy submitted “faked” or “falsified” data on Reid Gardner Generating Station for 2006‐2010 reporting period or failed
to comply with any air quality standards or requirements.
a. During the 5‐year review of data collected from meteorological and ambient air quality monitoring (2006‐2010), problems with PM10 data collected and recorded by a third party contractor for NVE were discovered and corrected. This data is not required to demonstrate
compliance with environmental standards. This data is used by NDEP for regional airshed modeling for resource management purposes.
b. Air quality compliance at the facility is based on stack emissions monitoring of all four units at Reid Gardner Generating Station. Stack emissions monitoring was conducted as required on a
continuous basis on all four units between 2006 and 2010. Based on this direct and continuous measurement of emissions and process parameters, as required in the Air Quality permit, the facility is in compliance with all state and federal air quality standards and permit limitations and conditions.

2. The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection has no evidence that Nevada Energy has violations of its permitted heat input limitations at the Reid Gardner Generating Station.
a. Based on the information and data provided, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection has no evidence to support that any violations of the heat input limitations established in the
facility’s permit have occurred. However, the Division is investigating new allegations that may have arisen through the tribe’s apparent misinterpretation of data.
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marknie - 3/20/2013 2:41 PM
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We are all married to this wretched company and they are so corrupt. . .
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