Louisiana Generating and EPA Reach Largest Air Pollution Settlement in State History

Louisiana Generating must pay $14 million in penalties for illegal air pollution.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice, Louisiana Generating is taking steps to eliminate the release of harmful emissions into the air. The company has agreed to a settlement with the EPA and the Department of Justice to reduce more than 27,300 tons of harmful emissions released by the company’s Big Cajun II coal plant in New Roads, La. This is the largest clean air act settlement in Louisiana history, which is fitting, because this company is the largest source of illegal pollution in the state.

Louisiana Generating, owned by NRG Energy, Inc., will be pouring $250 million into the plant to reduce pollution. In addition to this large sum, the company is also responsible for $3.5 million in fines, with half going to the state of Louisiana, and is required to invest $10.5 million into environmental mitigation projects.

The company will be cleaning up pollution at Big Cajun II “through a combination of new pollution controls, natural gas conversion, and annual emission caps at all three” of the plant’s units, according to the EPA.

“This settlement continues our important enforcement initiative to reduce harmful illegal air pollution from the largest sources of emissions,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, in a statement on the EPA website. “Pollution from these sources can cause severe respiratory and cardiovascular impacts, and EPA is committed to making sure that they all comply with the law.”

For more information on the settlement, visit the EPA website.

Product Showcase

  • Matrix's OmniPro Vision AI Collision Avoidance System

    OmniPro Vision AI is a state-of-the-art collision avoidance system that features NIOSH award-winning Visual Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology. This highly accurate, powerful system identifies and alerts on pedestrians, vehicles and specified objects, ensuring safer facilities, mining operations and industrial sites. With its web-based cloud application, OmniPro Vision AI also logs and analyzes a wide range of data related to zone breach notifications. Operating without needing personal wearable devices or tags, OmniPro has visual and audible zone breach alerts for both operators and pedestrians. 3

  • AirChek Connect Sampling Pump

    Stay connected to your sampling with the SKC AirChek® Connect Sampling Pump! With its Bluetooth connection to PC and mobile devices, you can monitor AirChek Connect pump operation without disrupting workflow. SKC designed AirChek Connect specifically for all OEHS professionals to ensure accurate, reliable flows from 5 to 5000 ml/min and extreme ease of use. AirChek Connect offers easy touch screen operation and flexibility. It is quality built to serve you and the workers you protect. Ask about special pricing and a demo at AIHA Connect Booth 1003. 3

  • SlateSafety BAND V2

    SlateSafety BAND V2

    SlateSafety's BAND V2 is the most rugged, easy-to-use connected safety wearable to help keep your workforce safe and help prevent heat stress. Worn on the upper arm, this smart PPE device works in tandem with the SlateSafety V2 system and the optional BEACON V2 environmental monitor. It includes comprehensive, enterprise-grade software that provides configurable alert thresholds, real-time alerts, data, and insights into your safety program's performance all while ensuring your data is secure and protected. Try it free for 30 days. 3

Featured