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Environmental group files lawsuit against DNR

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ROTHSCHILD (WAOW) -

For decades the Weston Power Plants have been fixtures in the community. But, after a lawsuit filed by Clean Wisconsin, a state-wide environmental group, their reputations could be up in the air.

"The plant is a large source of air pollution and it can have negative effects on public health," Clean Wisconsin Staff Attorney Elizabeth Wheeler said.

The plant's permit expired three years ago. The lawsuit claims the Wisconsin Public Service coal plant isn't meeting standards to keep the air clean. It now asks the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to issue a new permit.

"Residents deserve clean air," Wheeler says.

But, A WPS spokesman says the plant is following the rules.

"Even though a permit is expired we still have to uphold all the conditions the old permit had," WPS Environmental Manager Randal Oswald said.

And, according to the DNR, plans for a new permit are already in the works.

"We proposed a draft permit last year and are working with public input," DNR spokesman Andrew Stewart said.

But, those filing the lawsuit say they want it done soon.

"It leads to uncertainty and the public is subject to air pollution everyday," Wheeler explained.

The DNR says they expect to issue a new permit by the end of the year.

"This is a high priority permit, always has been," Stewart said.

To view the lawsuit and complaint click here:

http://cleanwisconsin.org/proxy.php?filename=files/WestonPetition_072012.pdf

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