EPA reaches settlement over failed emissions monitoring

By on February 4, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a $145,000 settlement with the biomass electric power plant Thermal Energy Development Partnership for failure to adequately operate their emission monitoring equipment as stipulated by the Clean Air Act.

The Tracy, Calif. plant failed to monitor sulfur dioxide for 30 months, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide for 27 months and opacity for 9 months.

The failure to properly maintain emission monitoring systems allows for potentially harmful pollutants to enter the atmosphere, which can cause afflictions ranging from severe asthma to heart and lung disease.

Image: Power plant emissions (Credit: EPA)

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