WPS to pay more than $300mn in Clean Air Act penalties

Wisconsin Public Service agreed to pay $307.2 million for pollution control technology, a civil penalty and environmental mitigation projects to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The settlement covers the Pulliam and the 825 MW Weston coal-fired power plants in Wisconsin. WPS is required to install emissions control technology on one of its largest units, continuously operate the new and existing pollution controls and to comply with stringent emission rates and annual tonnage limitations. WPS must also retire, refuel or repower four additional coal-fired units at both plants.

The utility will also pay $250,000 each to the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service, up to $4 million on a renewable energy resource enhancement project and up to $300,000 on a community digestor project. The remaining funds will be used on either a compressed natural gas or hybrid fleet conversion project, or a solar panel installation project.

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