N.J. battle against Pa. coal-fired plant advances

TRENTON – The Environmental Protection Agency accepted New Jersey’s Clean Air Act petition that seeks to force a Pennsylvania coal-fired power plant to dramatically reduce harmful air pollutants that drift over the Delaware River and into North Jersey, and which has caused longstanding public health concerns for residents living in that region, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced.
The EPA, in accepting the State’s petition, has proposed a rule to require the power plant, operated by GenOn Energy (formerly Reliant or RRI Energy) in Portland, Pa., to cut its sulfur dioxide emissions by 81 percent over a three-year period, significantly reducing pollutants that can aggravate asthma and cause other respiratory difficulties.
Martin said that he plans to testify in person at a public hearing which has been scheduled by the EPA on April 27 in Oxford, Warren County.
“It is a priority of this Administration to achieve improved air quality for all residents of New Jersey,” said Gov. Chris Christie in a release. “Targeting out-of-state air pollution that negatively impacts our State is just one of many initiatives we are undertaking to benefit the public health and improve our environment.”

N.J. battle against Pa. coal-fired plant advances