Dairyland Power Cooperative (DPC) has agreed to invest $150 million in emissions control technology as part of a Clean Air Act settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice. The equipment will be installed at the utility’s three coal-fired power plants in Alma and Genoa, Wisc. EPA announced on June 29 that the settlement will also require that DPC spend $5 million on environmental mitigation projects and pay a civil penalty of $950,000.
Under the settlement, DPC must install and operate emissions control technology on its three largest units and will be required to comply with stringent emission rates and annual tonnage limitations.
The settlement also requires DPC to permanently retire three additional coal-fired units, representing 60 MW total, at the Alma plant, which have been out of operation since last year. The permanent retirement of these units will ensure that they do not restart without first complying with the Clean Air Act. According to The LaCrosse Tribune, 12 employees were laid off when the units were shuttered in December 2011.
The settlement also requires DPC to spend $5 million on projects that will benefit the environment and human health in communities near the DPC facilities. DPC must pay $250,000 each to the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service, to be used on projects to address the damage done from DPC’s alleged excess emissions. At least $2 million will be spent on a major solar photovoltaic development project.
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