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DEP Head Wants Feds to Back Off Plant Suit

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 6:21am

HOMER CITY, Pa. (AP) — The secretary of Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection has sent a letter to his counterpart in the federal Environmental Protection Agency asking that a lawsuit be dropped against a major coal-fired power plant in western Pennsylvania.

The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown (http://bit.ly/SC8FS7) reports Wednesday that Krancer says EPA's insistence on suing the owner of the Homer City Generating Station is "bull-headed."

Krancer notes that $725 million in pollution control upgrades under way at the plant 45 miles northeast of Pittsburgh will cut sulfur dioxide and other emissions targeted by the EPA suit by more than 90 percent. The work is expected to be completed in 2014.

EPA officials referred questions to the Justice Department, which declined comment on the letter because of the still-pending lawsuit.

Edison Mission Energy says the upgrades will make the plant one of the country's cleanest.

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Information from: The Tribune-Democrat, http://www.tribune-democrat.com.

 

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