GenOn Energy Inc. has announced it will deactivate eight of its generating stations. Some are in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and one happens to be the Portland Generating Station that created cross-state tensions between Pennsylvania and New Jersey late last year.
In November, the EPA ordered the Northampton County, Pa., station to reduce its sulfur-dioxide emissions by 81 percent within thee years. Environmentalists say the plant is the largest source of pollution in northwestern New Jersey.
GenOn says the cost of regulating the emissions at that plant and seven others has resulted in the decision to deactivate them instead.
Some will go offline later this year. Others, including Portland, will be deactived in 2015