biomassviolations

Global Ampersand was fined more than $800,000 for excess ozone-related emissions and other violations from biomass power plants in Madera and Merced counties in California, federal authorities announced.

The fine is among the largest in the San Joaquin Valley and California over the past several years, officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were quoted as saying.

Ampersand, based in Boston, agreed to the fines for violations that began in 2008 at the Ampersand Chowchilla Biomass in Madera County and Merced Power near El Nido, the EPA said. The biomass plants burn woody waste from farms and cities to create electricity.

Ampersand agreed to reduce ozone-forming oxides of nitrogen and carbon monoxide. The company was fined $328,000 for its Chowchilla plant and $492,000 for the Merced County operation.

Ampersand bought and refurbished the two biomass plants in 2007 and 2008. Aside from nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide, the plants violated limits for sulfur dioxide and also failed to perform timely testing to measure emissions. 

Read more news and features on emissions regulation

Sponsored by FLSmidth
Recommend this article Recommend this article () You recommended this article You recommended this article ()
Follow Power Engineering on Twitter

Products Showcase

Dynamic Fluoride Ion cleaning DFIC of industrial natural gas turbines Hi-Tech Furnace Systems

Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning of IGT Parts

The Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning (DFIC) Process from Hi-Tech Furnace Systems is able to clean deep, narrow cracks of oxides by cycling between negative, atmospheric, and positive pressure.

Latest News

Shutterstock coal production trucks

Weekly Coal Production

The Weekly Coal Production shows how much coal is being produced across the U.S.

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Weekly Economic Indicators financial business

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas' Economic Indicators

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas offers a glimpse into how the markets are doing domestical...

Kvaerner awarded contract for gas-fired power plant in Delaware

Kvaerner North American Construction Inc. and its joint venture partner, Parsons Brinckerhoff...

Canadian Solar purchases two solar projects

Canadian Solar Inc. has acquired a majority interest in two utility-scale solar power project...

Operators Restart Unit 2 at PPL Susquehanna

Unit 2 at the PPL Susquehanna nuclear power plant near Berwick, Pa. resumed generating electr...

Settlement agreement limits cost recovery at Edwardsport

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) on Dec. 27 modified and approved a settlemen...

Toshiba in talks to sell portion of Westinghouse nuclear unit

Toshiba Corp is in talks  to sell up to 16% of its stake in the Westinghouse Electric Co...

Utah nixes nuclear waste storage facility

Plans to park radioactive waste at a storage facility in Utah have been officially called off.

Archived Articles

2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

Power Engineering Current Issue

03/01/2014
Volume 118, Issue 3
1403PE-cover

Buyers Guide Company Listings

superwind GmbH

German manufacturer of micro wind turbines for professional applications like aids to navigation, monitoring systems, telecommunication. Suitable for extreme climate.
Power range 0.3 kW to 3.0 kW.

Aguidrovert Solar SL - Energia Termica Fotovoltaica Y Biomasa

Supplies solar thermal, photovoltaics, biomass, geothermal, wind and other energy renewal products (panels, collectors, boilers, stoves, water tanks, exchangers, pumping units, heatsinks, expansion vessels, batteries, inverters, regulators, windmills and absortion

Solectria Renewables LLC

Solectria Renewables is a leading grid-tied PV inverter, string combiner and web-based monitoring manufacturer for residential, commercial and utility-scale solar projects. Offer 1kW through multi-MW inverters.

TransPacific Energy Inc

Count on TransPacific Energy efficient waste heat recovery for power generation using its propriety technology. Applications include solar, geothermal energy, warm ocean waters. We deliver innovative solutions for a greener world.

Power Industry Wire News

TradeTech Releases Uranium Market Analysis

TradeTech Releases Uranium Market Analysis

Benno Dorer Promoted to Clorox CEO; Don Knauss to Continue as Chairman

Benno Dorer Promoted to Clorox CEO; Don Knauss to Continue as Chairman

National Wildlife Federation Invites College Students to Compete to Reduce

National Wildlife Federation Invites College Students to Compete to Reduce

Battelle and Partners to Compete for $2 Million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE

Battelle and Partners to Compete for $2 Million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE

Geospatial Corporation Enters Into Definitive Agreement to Acquire ShaleNavigator

Geospatial Corporation Enters Into Definitive Agreement to Acquire ShaleNavigator

Power Engineering

Article Archives for Power Engineering Magazine

Continuing Education

Professional Development Hours

To access a course listing associated to a specific topic listed below, click on the topic of choice from the list below.

Latest Energy Jobs

View more Job Listings >>