LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tribal neighbors of a coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas are taking complaints about air quality to a federal appeals court in San Francisco.

Moapa Band of Paiute Indians leader William Anderson said Monday the tribe hopes the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will order the federal Environmental Protection Agency to adopt a more stringent air standard than the one the agency approved in August for the Reid Gardner Generating Station.

The Clean Air Act standard addresses visibility in places like the Grand Canyon.

Anderson argues that tribe members are suffering respiratory illnesses due to emissions.

The tribe has backing from the National Parks Conservation Association and the Sierra Club.

The appellate filing is handled by public interest law firm Earthjustice.

Plant owner NV Energy Inc. isn’t immediately commenting.

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