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State of North Carolina ex rel. Cooper v. Tennessee Valley Auth., 09-1623

District court's entry of an injunction requiring immediate installation of emissions controls at four Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) electricity generating plants in Alabama and Tennessee is reversed and remanded where TVA's plants cannot logically be public nuisances under Alabama and Tennessee law where TVA is in compliance with EPA National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), the corresponding State Implementation Plan (SIPs), and the permits that implement them, as these standards impose more stringent requirements than source state nuisance law.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 05/14/2010
  • Submitted 07/26/2010
  • Decided 07/26/2010
  • Published 07/26/2010


  • <a href="https://lawyers.findlaw.com/profile/view/2048860_1">WILKINSON</a>


  • United States Fourth Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Harriet A. Cooper, <a href="https://lawyers.findlaw.com/profile/view/3292119_1">Christopher Grafflin Browning, Jr</a>