Delaware Petitions for Pollution Controls on Pittsburgh Power Plant

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Delaware Petitions for Pollution Controls on Pittsburgh Power Plant

By Editors of Power Engineering

Delaware environmental officials have petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to force an out-of-state power plant to reduce their pollution.

This petition, targeting Homer City Power Generation, owned by General Electric and operated by NRG, is the third seeking pollution relief from out-of-state power plants, according to the News Journal. The previous two targeted a plant in West Virginia and another in Pennsylvania.

Delaware officials argue that they have little control over wind-borne carbon emissions that crosses state lines, and must turn to federal intervention.

Additionally, David S. Small, secretary of Delaware’s Departmentof Natural Resources and Environmental Control department, said the state is in an ozone non-attainment area with tough regulations on air pollution.

“We don’t have any more to do” to get ozone levels under control, he said.

Delaware previously asked the EPA to make Delaware a single-state ozone area or to expand the area to include upwind power generating sources, though these requests were denied. 

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