NV Coal Plant Settles Contamination Suit

Monday, August 3, 2015 @ 03:08 PM gHale

Operators of a coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas will pay $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit and clean up contamination that neighboring Native Americans blame for health problems and water pollution.

NV Energy and the California Department of Water Resources don’t admit liability or wrongdoing in the proposed settlement involving Reid Gardner Power Generation Station.

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The agreement, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, will become final Sept. 8. The power plant is due to close by 2017.

Attorney Robert Wiygul, who represents the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians and the Sierra Club, said some of the funds will go toward a Moapa reservation health wellness center.

Tribe members have complained for years about soot, gases and respiratory ailments.