Hurray! Judge Orders Hyper-Polluting Indiana Coal Plant to Shut Down 40% of Units

"There could be less pollution drifting into New York and other northeastern states"
Right on the heels of the study saying that soot in the air might be more dangerous than previously thought comes some good news: "Judge Larry McKinney today issued a ruling in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana calling for Duke Energy to shut down three units at the company's West Terre Haute Wabash River Station no later than Sept. 30, 2009." The dirty emissions from the Indiana coal plant, in violation of the Clean Air Act, have been affecting air quality in New York and the North-East. More details below.PRNewsWire writes:

The majority of the plant's capacity is unaffected by the ruling, which calls for units 2, 3 and 5 to be retired, while the remaining Duke Energy-owned units at the station -- 4 and 6 -- will be unaffected. Shutting down units 2, 3 and 5 will remove a combined capacity of 265 megawatts, which is 39 percent of the station's 677-megawatt power generating capacity.

These units that will shut down are more than 50 years old (!), though they have been (apparently badly) renovated 17 years ago. In a 2008 trial, a jury found that "Cinergy modified the coal-fired facilities without installing best-available pollution controls."

Good, but a small step. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, there are about 600 coal power plants in the USA, causing smog, soot, acid rain, global warming, and toxic air emissions...

Via Bloomberg, PRNewsWire, Scoop
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