N.C. goes to court over TVA coal power plant pollution

A lawsuit that aims to stem pollution wafting into North Carolina from coal-fired power plants in other states goes to trial today in a federal courthouse in Asheville.

The state attorney general's office filed the action 18 months ago against the Tennessee Valley Authority, alleging that emissions from the power giant's plants in three states are degrading North Carolina's environment, making people sick and damaging tourism.

The state wants TVA to lower its emissions to levels required for coal-fired power plants in North Carolina. TVA contends it has made strides in containing pollution at many of its 59 coal-fired plants and says North Carolina can't blame it for pollution levels.

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