Lawsuit: Coal-fired power plant is violating Clean Water Act

  • FILE - This Thursday Jan. 23, 2014, photo, shows the Public Service Company of New Hampshire's Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. The frigid winter of 2014 is setting the price of natural gas on fire. On Friday Jan. 24, 2014, the price in the futures market rose to within a whisper of 5 per 1,000 cubic feet, the highest level in three and a half years. The price of natural gas is up 25 percent in two weeks, and is 45 percent higher than last year at this time. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) AP PHOTOA view of the Public Service Company of New Hampshire’s Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. The frigid winter of 2014 is setting the price of natural gas on fire. Jim Cole/AP

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Published: 3/4/2019 4:47:38 PM

Two environmental groups have sued two utilities over a coal-fired power plant in New Hampshire, saying they are violating the Clean Water Act.

The Sierra Club and the Conservation Law Foundation sued in federal court Monday regarding the Merrimack Station power plant in Bow.

The plant was owned by Eversource until last year, when it was sold to Connecticut-based Granite Shore Power. Both are named as defendants.

The environmental groups say the plant draws about 287 million gallons of water per day from the Merrimack River, heats that water as a result of its cooling process, and then discharges the water back into the river at temperatures that often exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Messages seeking comment were left with both utilities Monday afternoon.




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