Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Duke closes coal boiler

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Duke Energys Miami Fort plant in Ohio
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Duke Energy, one of Charlotte's big-business darlings, has decided to close a boiler at one of its coal plants. Only, it's not at the 82-year-old plant near Charlotte ... it's at the much younger and more modern Miami Fort plant in Ohio. The company is also planning to shut down another coal plant in Ohio soon(er than later).

Of course, the company has also said they would shut down Riverbend, that grandma of a plant that sits on the edge of Charlotte's drinking water reservoir, draining her two unlined, high-hazard coal ponds into it ... you know, the one with out air quality controls.

Let's hope the company keeps its word.

Here's more from GreenPeace on the boiler closure in Ohio:

Citing upcoming environmental regulations, Duke Energy made public during its second quarter earnings call its plans to shut down the boiler. The plant is located in North Bend, Ohio, about 16 miles west of Cincinnati, and consists of 3 coal-fired boilers. Boiler 6 came online in 1960 and has no pollution controls known as “scrubbers.”

In response to Duke Energy’s statement, Greenpeace Cincinnati Field Organizer Paul Wojowski said, “We think Duke Energy’s decision to shut down this dirty coal boiler is a step in the right direction but it doesn’t go far enough. We are still concerned with units 7 and 8, which combined put out nearly 8 million tons of carbon pollution, 2400 tons of nitrogen oxides, and 7000 tons of sulfur dioxide each year. The only way to ensure the health and safety of Cincinnatians is to shut this plant down immediately.”

The closure of Miami Fort 6 comes on the heels of Duke’s decision to shutter the Beckjord coal-fired power plant in January 2015. Beckjord’s coal burners are also unscrubbed.

“Much like Duke’s decision to wait until 2015 to shut down Beckjord, the decision to wait until 2015 to close Miami Fort 6 does not come quickly enough. With millions of tons of pollution spewing out of this plant for nearly four decades, it’s time to stop polluting the air and water of southern Ohio now,” Wojowski said.

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