Coal-fired emissions control upgrade project approved

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The Wisconsin Public Service Commission approved a $130 million emissions control upgrade project at a coal-fired power plant.

Alliant Energy Corp. plans to replace two steam turbines and 12 pulverizers at the Columbia Energy Center, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Alliant will also install scrubbers.

As part of a 2012 settlement for alleged Clean Air Act violations, Alliant will request state approval next year to install a second emissions control system, which could cost more than $200 million. Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, a subsidiary of The Babcock & Wilcox Co. (NYSE: BWC), was awarded the contract to design, supply and build the emissions control equipment for the Columbia plant.

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