Mid-American Energy has come to a settlement agreement with the Sierra Club over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at their three coal-fired power plants.
In July, the Sierra Club sued the energy company for alleged violations at their plants in Sergeant Bluff, Council Bluffs, and Bettendorf.
Under the settlement MidAmerican will stop burning coal in two of the boilers at the Sergeant Bluff plant as well as completing work that was already underway when the suit was filed. They will also stop burning solid fuel in Bettendorf and switch to natural gas.
A final term of the settlement says MidAmerican will fund a supplemental environmental project and work to install a 60 kW solar project at the Iowa State fairgrounds.
MidAmerican says the Iowa DNR reviews their environmental performance periodically and they have not found any violations at their sites, but they entered into the settlement anyway in order to, “avoid costs to its customers, unnecessary delays, and ongoing uncertainty associated with litigation.”