From 9NEWS (Denver): A mother, who is also an attorney, is taking on the Martin Drake Power Plant in a battle over pollution records.
Leslie Weise filed suit against Colorado Springs Utilities, which is city owned, because it is not releasing a study about how much sulfur dioxide is being released from the coal power plant.
Sulfur dioxide is a toxic gas that can prompt asthma attacks and other breathing problems.
“There are about 40 different schools within a five mile radius of this plant,” Weise said. “That concerns me as a mother, as a lawyer and as a citizen who breathes the air from this plant.”
Weise said the utility had the study conducted by a third party after the Environmental Protection Agency re-evaluated how it was enforcing sulfur dioxide standards.
A city attorney would not disclose the results of the study claiming they are “privileged,” Weise said.
A spokesperson for the utility who would not get into the specifics of the public records battle.
“Because Ms. Weiss, an out-of-town attorney, elected to pursue litigation, we are unable to comment on this matter at this time,” Amy Trinidad said in a written statement.
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