Luminant today filed a motion to stay with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in its lawsuit challenging portions of the Environmental Protection Agency's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. Today we submitted that motion in Washington, D.C. and outlined the irreparable harm we believe this rule will cause to our company and the communities where we work and live.
Here is an outline of the irreparable harm claims the company is making:
- That Luminant must idle two units and reduce generation at others in order to comply, which results in a loss of 1300 megawatts of generating capacity.
- That Luminant must switch fuel at some sites, resulting in the closure of three Central and Northeast Texas lignite mines and increasing Luminant's cost of fuel by tens of millions of dollars.
- A loss of more than 500 high-paying jobs in Texas over the next few years, with about 400 jobs lost in 2011-12.
- That it will be devastating to the impacted Central and Northeast Texas communities where we have facilities.
- That the Electric Reliability Council of Texas has indicated the CSAPR will threaten grid reliability and would have caused rolling blackouts in Texas this summer without the 1300 megawatts of lost generating capacity from Luminant.
- Consumer retail prices of electricity will likely increase substantially.