Power Plant to Pay $6M in EPA Settlement
- Power Plant to Pay $6M in EPA SettlementPower Plant Owners to Pay $6 Million in EPA Settlement of Clean Air Violations
The Associated Press
BOSTON Jan. 30 — The owners of a power plant agreed to pay a $1 million fine for clean air violations and another $5 million to upgrade city school buses and commuter trains with filters that block harmful emissions.
Under the settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency, Exelon Generation will also finance three environmental projects: a biking and walking path along the Mystic River, a salt-marsh restoration and a restoration study of the Malden River.
"We came to the realization there were several programs in Greater Boston that we could get involved in, that would have a direct benefit to air quality," said John O'Brien, vice president of government and regulatory affairs for Exelon.
The settlement, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, involved smokestack violations at the Mystic Station plant from 1998 to 2003. The plant is located in Everett, just north of Boston.
EPA said the settlement will benefit more than 50 communities along five rail lines, and that Boston will become the first major U.S. city with an environmentally clean school bus fleet after the $3.25 million retrofit. Filters will also be added to up to 22 trains.
"This is a big step forward for improving Boston's air quality," said Steven Viggiani, senior enforcement counsel for EPA's New England office. "With the upgrading of the school buses and trains, we'll remove 100 tons of pollution from Boston's air each year."
Pennsylvania-based Exelon had been charged with 6,000 violations of the Clean Air Act at four oil-fired units at the plant over the past five years.
When notified about the violations, Exelon invested $2.5 million on new equipment and operating procedures and shut down the three oldest units.
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