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Sierra Club Calls for EPA Action on Clearfield Power Plant

shawville plant
Photo courtesy of Doug Oster/Post-Gazette

The Sierra Club has petitioned the EPA to block a new permit issued by the Pennsylvania DEP for GenOn Energy Inc.’s Shawville power plant in Clearfield County. The 626 MW plant, located on the bank of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River near Clearfield, was featured in the Post-Gazette Mapping Mortality series.

In its petition the Sierra Club petition claims that DEP’s draft permit does little to protect the public health. As the Post-Gazette says – it lacks adequate emissions monitoring, doesn’t include a compliance schedule to remedy significant, on-going, Clean Air Act violations and fails to ensure that its emissions won’t continue to violate pollution standards.

With 1,071 lbs of mercury emitted in 2009 the plant was 24th in the US. In the same year the Shawville plant emitted 32,973 tons of sulfur dioxide, 4,690 tons of nitrogen oxides, 2,368 tons of carbon dioxide, and 568 tons of airborne particles or soot.

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