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EPA Rejects Connecticut Petition


EPA has rejected Connecticut’s claim that emissions from the Brunner Island Power Plant in Pennsylvania is severely impacting its ability to meet ground ozone standards. However, in its response to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, EPA said, "We continue to believe that Connecticut has not demonstrated that Brunner Island emits or would emit" in a way that would significantly hinder the state's ability to meet the 2008 ground-level ozone standard.


Earlier this year, Talen Energy, which operates the Brunner Island plant, worked out a tentative deal with the Sierra Club that would require the plant to run on natural gas during peak summertime ozone season beginning in 2023, before stopping burning coal altogether in 2028. The company has already begun to rely more and more on gas. As a result, its NOx emissions dropped by 75 percent last year.


EPA used that data as evidence that the plant is not violating the Clean Air Act "good neighbor" provision, which requires states to prohibit emissions that foster compliance problems in downwind areas outside of their borders.


The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection expressed disappointment with the decision and said they were considering their options going forward.

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