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Paiutes Claim Phony Pollution Reports at Nearby Coal Plant

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LAS VEGAS -- The Moapa Band of Paiutes announced Wednesday that it has uncovered years of phony pollution reporting for the Reid Gardner coal plant.

According to the band, NV Energy submitted false reports to the state of Nevada on ambient particulate pollution levels around the plant from at least 2006 through early 2011. Reporting of pollution levels is needed for the plant to keep its air quality permit.

The Moapa Paiutes live next door to the plant and have long complained that it is not following environmental rules. They also claim the plant is causing health problems for people living on the reservation.

The Paiutes filed a 60-Day Notice of Clean Air Act Violations Wednesday to the Environmental Protection Agency, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection and NV Energy.

NV Energy responded to the allegations in a statement to 8 News NOW. In the statement, the company said that in the summer of 2011, a third-party vendor had filed a report on pollution at the coal plant that contained irregularities.

The company said it, along with the state's Division of Environmental Protection, launched an investigation into the vendor. According to NV Energy, the company immediately ended its relationship with the vendor when the reporting irregularities were confirmed.

The state issued a Notice of Alleged Violations in a warning letter to NV Energy, which the company said is a common practice.

"The Reid Gardner Station has continuous emissions monitoring in place for all regulated air pollutants, and has been and remains in substantial compliance with all regulatory requirements. Any reports that NV Energy falsified any documents or reports are patently false," NV Energy CEO Michael Yackira said in the statement.

The state says it has no evidence that NV Energy submitted faked or falsified data from Reid Gardner Generating Station for 2006 through 2010.

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