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2009-11-16 14:35:00

MONROE, Mich., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second time this year, Detroit Edison's Monroe Power Plant has achieved a major reduction in emissions. The second flue gas desulfurization system - or scrubber - began operation today at the coal-fired power plant. With today's startup of the second scrubber, sulfur dioxide emissions are reduced by about 97 percent and mercury emissions are reduced by 80 to 90 percent from the plant's No. 3 generating unit. Similar reductions were achieved...

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2009-10-14 15:03:37

Scientists are reporting the first evidence that China's sharp focus on reducing widespread damage to soil by acid rain by restricting sulfur dioxide air pollution may have an unexpected consequence: Gains from that pollution control program will be largely offset by increases in nitrogen emissions, which the country's current policy largely overlooks. The study, which suggests that government officials adapt a more comprehensive pollution control strategy that includes a new emphasis on...

2009-06-11 13:00:00

MONROE, Mich., June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit Edison has reached a milestone in a decade-long project to install state-of-the-art emissions control equipment at its Monroe Power Plant. The first of two flue-gas desulfurization systems -- commonly known as scrubbers -- recently was put into service. The second scrubber is scheduled to go into operation in October. "The startup of the first scrubber is a significant achievement in an emissions control construction program that began 10...

2009-05-01 11:16:00

WASHINGTON, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Argus Media testified at a Senate roundtable last week to urge Congress to take action on emissions trading, because Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules may be subject to further legal challenge. A three-pollutant bill for SO2, NOx and mercury incorporating existing SO2 allowances is needed to maintain confidence in the use of cap-and-trade to control emissions under the Clean Air Act, Argus business development manager Caroline Gentry said. A...

2009-04-06 09:00:00

Environmental Integrity Project Finds Downturn Linked to Recession and Mild Weather Last Year, Threatened By New Coal-Fired Plant Plans; Big Jumps Seen in OK, IA, TX, NE, IL and WA. WASHINGTON, April 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Due in part to the recent economic slowdown and milder-than-usual weather, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from U.S. power plants dropped 3.1 percent in 2008, tempering a steady increasing trend in the preceding years, according to a new report from the Environmental...

2009-01-12 12:11:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three manufacturers of sulfuric acid have agreed to spend at least $12 million on air pollution controls that are expected to eliminate more than 3,000 tons of harmful emissions annually from six production plants in Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department announced today. Chemtrade Logistics, Chemtrade Refinery Services and Marsulex also will...

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2008-12-05 14:15:00

A report released on Thursday showed that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enforcement actions during the 2008 budget year resulted in a record $11.8 billion in pollution controls and projects to clean up the environment.Granta Nakayama, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, said the EPA estimated record pollution reductions of 3.9 billion pounds per year after the pollution control activities are completed.The EPA said that would be nearly...

2008-08-14 09:00:39

U.S. government, Arizona plant settle pollution case WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- An Arizona coal-fired power plant owner has agreed to pay a 950,000 U.S. dollar fine for federal air- quality violations and spend about 400 million dollars on pollution- control equipment, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement & Power District, an Arizona-owned utility district, will install the pollution- control equipment to reduce harmful air...

2006-06-19 14:33:32

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California and 15 other states on Monday challenged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's plan to set up a "cap-and-trade" system to reduce toxic mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said the EPA requirements to cut emissions "fail to protect women and children from a toxic substance that can cause birth defects and learning disabilities." The states and five environmental groups had asked the EPA to...

2006-03-17 20:24:06

By Tom Doggett WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a big win for environmentalists, a federal appeals court on Friday struck down a Bush administration rule that would have made it easier for coal-burning power plants to make equipment changes without installing controls to fight the pollution that would result. The court shot down an Environmental Protection Agency rule that said power plant owners would only have to install modern pollution fighting controls if equipment changes cost more...