Lawsuit charges Salem power plant clearly breaking clean-air law

The Conservation Law Foundation and HealthLink yesterday sued the owner of the Salem power plant, alleging the facility is pumping far more visible pollution into the air than allowed under state and federal regulations.

The two groups allege that the coal and oil plant, owned by Dominion Energy New England has been violating state and federal "opacity" limits - basically how much visible smoke comes out of its stacks - for at least five years, exposing downwind residents to God knows what. The two groups are seeking fines of at least $11 million for the alleged violations.

Read the complaint.

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