On December 2nd a federal court in Asheville NC found the Duke Energy 800 MW Cliffside Coal Power Plant in violation of the Clean Air Act. This decision will force Duke energy to meet pollution control requirements for mercury regulation within the next 70 days. And if they fail to? The court could halt construction of the plant.
The court ruled in favor of conservation groups denying Duke's arguement that the plant qualified for a loophole in the law allowing them to avoid federal pollution regulation.