The Associated Press
Duke Energy must meet strict mercury control standard
Published: June 2, 2008
RALEIGH - Duke Energy Inc. must use the "maximum achievable" controls
for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants at its new plant in
Western North Carolina, state environmental officials said today.
The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources said the
Division of Air Quality told Duke about the requirement today.
But department spokeswoman Diana Kees said she didn't immediately
know whether Duke's plans for the plant already meet that standard.
The state has granted Duke an air quality permit allowing it to build
an 800-megawatt generator at its Cliffside Steam Station, about 50
miles west of Charlotte.
Duke has said the generator will use equipment that will reduce
mercury by 90 percent, but opponents say technology exists that can
reduce emission by up to 98 percent.