Settlement Calls For State Line Power Plant Retirement

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The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Virginia-based Dominion Energy agreed to pay a $3.4-million civil penalty and spend approximately $10-million on environmental mitigation projects to resolve Clean Air Act violations.  It includes the official retirement of the State Line plant in Hammond.  The plant was permanently shut down on March 31st, 2012.

EPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman says this settlement limits power plant emissions in northwest Indiana.  The retirement of the State Line plant will result in an additional reduction of 18,000 tons of sulfur oxide and nitrogen oxide emissions.

The settlement also requires Dominion to spend $9.75-million on projects that will benefit the environment and human health in communities located near the Dominion facilities.  A total of $9-million will be spent on such projects as land acquisition and restoration adjacent to, or near, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and energy efficiency and geothermal and solar projects for local schools and food banks.

The settlement is subject to a 30-day public comment period and final court approval.


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