June 24, 2008

Reliant to Cut Emissions at Cumru Plant, 4 Others

By Reading Eagle, Pa.

Jun. 24--Reliant Energy will spend about $50 million to reduce mercury emissions at five of its coal-fired generating plants in Pennsylvania -- including the Titus Generating Station in Cumru Township, company offi cials announced Monday.

The improvements will remove at least 80 percent of the mercury content of the coal burned at those stations, company officials said.

That work and other controls Reliant has already committed to will ensure the company complies with Pennsylvania's mercury regulations, offi cials said.

The new emission control systems announced Monday will first be used in early 2009 and all will be operating by the end of the year, officials said.

"We are committed to environmental stewardship and have developed a comprehensive program to reduce our environmental footprint," said Mark Jacobs, Reliant Energy president and chief executive offi cer.

Reliant, based in Houston, provides electricity and energy services to retail and wholesale customers in seven states and the District of Columbia.

Reliant operates 19 powergenerating plants in Pennsylvania.

In addition to the Titus facility, the other coal-burning plants receiving new emission control systems next year are the Shawville, Portland, Conemaugh and New Castle stations.

In all, Reliant is spending more than $435 million in emission control related improvements at its Pennsylvania plants.


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