EPA reaches $145,000 settlement with biomass power plant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a $145,000 settlement with Thermal Energy Development Partnership for alleged Clean Air Act violations at a biomass power plant in California.

EPA alleges the company did not properly operate and maintain emissions monitoring equipment. Permits required the facility to maintain and operate a continuous emission monitoring system, but the equipment failed to monitor sulfur dioxide for 30 months, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide for 27 months and opacity for 9 months. There were no known emission violations.

The violations fell under the New Source Performance Standard which applies to steam generators built after June 19, 1984 and have a heat input capacity from combusted fuels greater than 100 million British thermal units (BTUs) per hour.

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