Public Service of New Hampshire is asking the US District Court to dismiss a suit brought by the Conservation Law Foundation. The Merrimack power station lies at the center of the dispute.
In July, the Conservation Law Foundation accused PSNH of spending millions of dollars to install emission controls that it said actually increased the release of pollutants and saddled rate payers with higher costs. The suit alleged the state’s largest electric utility had failed to get the required permits for the new controls and so had violated the Clean Air Act.
In its filing yesterday, PSNH fired back. It argued that the Conservation Law Foundation lacks standing to sue largely because it hasn’t shown that any specific harm resulted from any activity.
CLF is seeking millions of dollars in fines. PSNH asked the court for the chance to present its case for dismissal in person.