Utility denies groups’ water pollution allegations

March 5, 2019 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A utility is denying allegations by two environmental groups that it violated the Clean Water Act in operating a coal-fired power plant in New Hampshire.

Eversource responded Monday to a federal lawsuit by the Sierra Club and the Conservation Law Foundation over the Merrimack Station power plant in Bow. Eversource owned the plant until last year, selling it to Connecticut-based Granite Shore Power. Both are named as defendants.

An Eversource spokesman says before the sale, the utility worked closely with the EPA to meet all environmental permitting requirements, including those cited in the lawsuit. He says Eversource denies the allegations.


The environmental groups allege the utilities polluted the Merrimack River with heated wastewater from the plant.

An email seeking comment was sent to Granite Shore Power.