Coal, Policy & Regulations

Pennsylvania Requires Tighter Water Pollution Controls for Coal Plants

By Editors of Power Engineering

Ten coal-fired plants in Pennsylvania will now have to obtain water pollution permits with stricter limits on releases into rivers and streams.

The move comes as part of a settlement between the plants, environmental groups and the Pennsylvania Department of Environment, NPR reported. The settlement was filed in Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.

NPR reported the ten coal plants had been operating on expired water pollution permits, in one case as long as 17 years.

The new guidelines include limits on how much of each substance can be discharged into rivers and streams, monitoring requirements and the use of new technologies that could reduce discharges.

Affected plants include Cheswick Generating Station, Brunner Island, Montour Steam Electric Station,

Keystone Generating Station, Ebensburg Power Company, Conemaugh Generating Station, Homer City Generating Station, Cambria Cogen Company, Bruce Mansfield Generating Station and Colver Power Plant.