Stricter standards sought for Pa. power plant emissions

    Criticizing Pennsylvania power plant operations for carbon emissions, environmentalists are calling for more stringent regulations.

    The commonwealth has the third-highest carbon dioxide pollution from power plants in the country, according to a PennEnvironment report based on data collected by the federal government.

    Such facilities are the nation’s largest source of carbon pollution, said Lina Blount of PennEnvironment.

    “In a major step, the EPA is expected to propose an updated rule for cutting carbon pollution for new power plants on Sept. 20,” she said Tuesday.

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    PennEnvironment expects the federal Environmental Protection Agency to issue proposed updated regulations to deal with existing power plants’ carbon pollution next summer.

    The report lists seven Pennsylvania coal-fired power plants among the top 100 “most-polluting” in the country, based on carbon emissions.

    The PPL Brunner Island plant in York County is on the list. A spokesman says the facility has invested more than $860 million in reducing its environmental impact, but the technology doesn’t exist yet to reduce carbon emissions without cutting electricity generation.

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