Deseret Generation & Transmission, EPA reach settlement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Utah-based Desert Generation & Transmission Cooperative have reached an agreement to resolve alleged violations of the New Source Performance Standards under the Clean Air Act at its coal-fired Bonanza Power Plant.

Under the agreement, Deseret will pay $35,000 in penalties and implement new procedures for controlling particulate emissions during startup and shutdown of the coal-fired boiler at the plant. The company will also finance a $260,000 vehicle replacement program to replace at least five fleet vehicles in the area to use natural gas.

The EPA alleged that Deseret’s pollution control device was bypassed during startup and shutdown events. As part of the agreement, Deseret will route emissions through the control device during startup and shutdown.

The 500 MW power plant is located on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation near Vernal, Utah.

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