Texas power producer Luminant said April 29 that while it is disappointed with a U.S. Supreme Court remand of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, it is pleased with the high court’s confirmation that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a “statutory duty” to avoid over-regulating.
“We will now closely analyze the opinion and evaluate what additional legal or regulatory actions are necessary to determine any final requirements of an interstate transport rule,” Luminant added. “In addition to further proceedings before the appellate court as a result of the Supreme Court’s remand of the case, several other appeals are pending regarding aspects of the CSAPR and other related rulemakings, and it is uncertain when and how the rule’s precise requirements will be completely resolved and implemented.”
Luminant remains committed to upholding its legacy of meeting or outperforming all environmental laws, rules and regulations. The company, which has several coal-fired power plants, will assess and determine its ultimate business and operational decisions based on the requirements of the final interstate transport rule when those requirements are fully known.
Luminant, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings, is a competitive power generation business, including lignite coal mining, wholesale marketing and trading, and development operations. Luminant has more than 15,400 MW of generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear and 8,000 MW fueled by coal. The company is also one of the largest purchasers of wind power in Texas and the nation. EFH is a Dallas-based energy holding company that has a portfolio of competitive and regulated energy subsidiaries, primarily in Texas.