Six groups of clean-air advocates have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce emissions at a Minnesota power plant. According to the Sherburne County Citizen, the clean-air supporters claim that officials at the Sherco power plant in Becker, Minnesota, need to employ the best available technology to reduce emissions.
Kevin Reuther, legal director for the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, said he feels Sherco, which operates the largest power plant in Minnesota, is releasing emissions that could cause heart and lung disease throughout the state.
"Sherco is a huge emissions source," Reuther told the news source. "People don't realize that when they are way up in the Boundary Waters [Canoe Area Wilderness] they are breathing emissions from the plant in Sherburne County."
The clean-air supporters are suing the EPA in the hopes that the agency will order Sherco to update its technology. Group members claim that the pollution from the coal-fired Sherco plant is a major contributor to haze that obscures views of some of the state's national parks.
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