July 13, 2011
Through a Freedom of Information Act request, the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) discovered that the developers behind Las Brisas Energy Center, a new 1,320 megawatt petroleum coke-fired power plant proposed to be built in Corpus Christi, Texas, are lobbying U.S. EPA to avoid having to comply with the Clean Air Act’s greenhouse gas emissions permitting requirements. In response, the Environmental Integrity Project, Sierra Club, and Environmental Defense Fund submitted a white paper to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, explaining why Las Brisas must obtain a greenhouse gas pre-construction permit. If built, Las Brisas would emit approximately 15 million tons of CO2 per year, in addition to a suite of other dangerous air pollutants.
For the cover letter to EPA, click here.
For the White Paper urging EPA to subject Las Brisas to GHG permitting, click here.