DEP head to testify against Pa. power plant emissions

TRENTON – The head of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection will weigh in Wednesday in an effort to limit emissions from a Pennsylvania power plant.

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin is scheduled to testify before an Environmental Protection Agency hearing in Oxford, Warren County, on a Clean Air Act petition filed by the DEP to substantially reduce polluting air emissions generated by the coal-fired plant in Portland, Pa.

The DEP is seeking to limit emissions from the Portland Generating Station owned by GenOn Energy. The EPA has proposed requiring the plant to cut sulfur dioxide emissions by 81 percent over three years, according to the DEP. New Jersey is seeking a 95 percent reduction.

The public hearing will take place at the DEP’s Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resources Education Center,  at  605 Pequest Road, Oxford, NJ 07863.

Last fall, Martin had said that sulfur dioxide from the power plant is “more damaging and widespread than previously believed, extending into a much larger area of Warren County and into portions of Sussex, Morris and Hunterdon Counties.”

DEP head to testify against Pa. power plant emissions