EPA Deal Over PG&E Plant OK'd Despite Protest

Law360, New York (March 3, 2011, 7:43 PM EST) -- A California federal judge Thursday approved a $20,000 settlement the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. over a permit for a new power plant, despite an environmental group's objection that the fine is too low.

Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California approved the parties' amended consent decree, rejecting a claim from Communities for a Better Environment that the EPA had merely adopted PG&E's recommendations for the agreement.

“The record does not show that...
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