Louisiana Generating to Install Pollution Controls and Pay $14...

Nov 22, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Utility Products

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice announced today that Louisiana Generating, an electric generating company owned by NRG Energy, Inc., agreed to a settlement at its Big Cajun II coal-fired power plant in New Roads, Louisiana, which will result in the elimination of over 27,300 tons of harmful emissions per year.

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False River Native

Nokomis, FL

#42 Nov 29, 2012
Before any power olank is built a permitting process takes place where the EPA sets limits on the plants emission limits of N0x Sox opacity and in some cases C02. After the plant is in operation any excess emission is a violation of the plants permits and has to be reported immediately to the EPA! I have been in this business for 33 years and I have never worked for or know of any plant that has continued to run when emissions were over there limits. Anyone making that accusation should be held liable! And fly ash or bottom ash is not and has never been a harmful pollutant!
Ostrich

Oklahoma City, OK

#43 Nov 30, 2012
False River Native wrote:
Before any power olank is built a permitting process takes place where the EPA sets limits on the plants emission limits of N0x Sox opacity and in some cases C02. After the plant is in operation any excess emission is a violation of the plants permits and has to be reported immediately to the EPA! I have been in this business for 33 years and I have never worked for or know of any plant that has continued to run when emissions were over there limits. Anyone making that accusation should be held liable! And fly ash or bottom ash is not and has never been a harmful pollutant!
Then why are they levying fines on Cajun? Keep your head in the sand. Ash is a pollutant.
rage

United States

#44 Nov 30, 2012
Ostrich wrote:
<quoted text>Then why are they levying fines on Cajun? Keep your head in the sand. Ash is a pollutant.
So is burning thousands of acrea's of crops but I see no one bitching about it.

“Resurected”

Since: Feb 10

Destin, Fl

#45 Nov 30, 2012
rage wrote:
<quoted text>So is burning thousands of acrea's of crops but I see no one bitching about it.
There has been plenty of complaining about that, too. It's a sh!tty practice that needs a better solution. Maybe inceneration / power plant? With the proper controls, of course.
False River Native

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#46 Nov 30, 2012
Ostrich wrote:
<quoted text>Then why are they levying fines on Cajun? Keep your head in the sand. Ash is a pollutant.
Ok! Wrong wording! Fly ash and bottom ash are not Hazardous Waste!

My head is not in the sand! I understand the process!

Before people jump on one side or the other they need to educate themselves at least a little about what they are debating and the impact on socity of the eleminations of coal power production. Presently natural gas is cheap but just a few years ago natural gas costs were 5 times what they are today! Consider what the costs of electricity would be if emissions shut down all coal power production and gas prices went back to were they were just a few years ago.

Also, everyone needs to understand that EPA permitted these plants to run the emissions they were running. The suit involves the EPA and the justice departments involvment after cajun altered there emission equipment which brought the Clean Air Act into play!
Long Gone

San Mateo, CA

#47 Dec 2, 2012
False River Native wrote:
<quoted text>
Ok! Wrong wording! Fly ash and bottom ash are not Hazardous Waste!
My head is not in the sand! I understand the process!
Before people jump on one side or the other they need to educate themselves at least a little about what they are debating and the impact on socity of the eleminations of coal power production. Presently natural gas is cheap but just a few years ago natural gas costs were 5 times what they are today! Consider what the costs of electricity would be if emissions shut down all coal power production and gas prices went back to were they were just a few years ago.
Also, everyone needs to understand that EPA permitted these plants to run the emissions they were running. The suit involves the EPA and the justice departments involvment after cajun altered there emission equipment which brought the Clean Air Act into play!
The health of family and friends and even people I dont like a whole lot and who are not entirely honest about their agenda is easily worth paying more for cleaner energy.
Reality

Pearland, TX

#48 Dec 3, 2012
the burning of the sugar cane crop produces large amounts of particles and toxic gases, including the huge amount of ash that is found in our pools, carports, yard, etc....that WE have to clean up!

Burning large amounts of biomass, like the process of harvesting sugar cane, releases large amounts of organic and particulate matter into the air.

Particle pollution has been linked to:
irritation of the airways (e.g. coughing or difficulty breathing)
decreased lung function
aggravated asthma
development of chronic bronchitis
irregular heartbeat
heart attacks
premature death in people with heart or lung disease

Recently, interest into the health effects of biogenic amorphous silica (BAS) fibers has grown. Formed from silica absorbed from the soil and deposited in the leaves of the sugar cane crop, BAS has a morphologic similarity to asbestos and in case studies has been known to cause mesothelioma in rats.

Why are refinery's, chem plants, and power generators so regulated and these folks can tear up our roads, pollute our air, homes/yards/patios/pools, even have stormwater runoff of this burning released into our waterways....yet thet have NO one to answer to?
comparison

Maringouin, LA

#49 Dec 3, 2012
I think that anyone who compares containing the breach in tennessee to the fukashima meltdown have probably not been watching the developements in japan as closely as our coal industry. There has been no chance of containment in japan and with earthquakes happening almost dailey there is the potential for more problems .Removing contamination is not really an option for decades or centurys and people there are showing signs of illnesses related to contamination.Their government has definetly contained the bad news along with the company at fault.We have nuclear plants in unsafe locations also.Its interesting that susan rice,a potential appointee,has big investments in the oil tar sands in canada and probably wants a pipeline over the largest underground reservoir of fresh water in the u.s.It looks like washington is still ok with pollution as they are investing their money in it.There is a new technology developing using light refraction which would be able to disconnect us from the grid potentially.The problem may be that our leaders lobbiest may not be so eager to support clean,safe and cheap energy when they see the loss of revenue for the huge energy comglomerate.
agree

Maringouin, LA

#50 Dec 3, 2012
Most of the sugarcane leaves contain the insecticides and herbacides in their leaves.When those leaves are burnt this is released into the wind and carried into our air conditioners and inside our homes and also into the air we all breathe outside.Its a real eye opener.I was exposed to one spray,driving by a field with a tractor spraying a chemical, and within two hours was in the hospital for a week.It caused purple hives and i was monitored continually as the swelling spread from my fingers to my torso.The main worry was that it could cause lung failure,kill me.I did learn one important lesson,go to a doctor in baton rouge,even though the doctor here was told the exact chemical,he refused to admit a chemical contamination and repeatedly told me i ate shrimp and chocalate in the same day,i had not consumed these products and was never before or after effected by these products or any other allergic reaction to anything but poison ivy.
False River Native

Nokomis, FL

#51 Dec 4, 2012
During my life I have often thought about the cancer rates of just one small area in New Roads! That area is from West End Drive to Hospital Road! The cancer rates and the and other serious sicknesses in this small area over the last 40 years are enormous! I believe these sicknesses are attributed to the chemicals that have been used in the local farming community.

“Resurected”

Since: Feb 10

Destin, Fl

#52 Dec 4, 2012
False River Native wrote:
During my life I have often thought about the cancer rates of just one small area in New Roads! That area is from West End Drive to Hospital Road! The cancer rates and the and other serious sicknesses in this small area over the last 40 years are enormous! I believe these sicknesses are attributed to the chemicals that have been used in the local farming community.
Those may contribute to the cancer rates, but there's probably more to it. The combination of farming chemicals, industrial plant pollution, and unhealthy lifestyle choices are the cancer trifecta of Southeast La.
not suprized

Maringouin, LA

#53 Dec 4, 2012
Funny its on the web today about safety breaches and cover-ups at nuclear plants.This is the one area that mistakes can take 100's or 1000's of years to recover from.By the way,even though its preached dailey by the news channels here,look to china as the worlds worst pollutors and highest in exports and manufactoring.
Dawn Marcelle

Everett, WA

#54 Dec 4, 2012
China is by far the world's largest consumer of coal, taking 48 percent and producing half the World's global warming particulates. There's your pollution source.

The United States has the biggest thirst for oil with 21 percent of global demand, double China's consumption.

And the largest consumers of nuclear power is the USA, then France and Japan, next is Germany.

Thank that whistle blower law that Obama put in place last week or you never would have heard from Perkins and Criscione regarding the NRC.

“Resurected”

Since: Feb 10

Destin, Fl

#55 Dec 5, 2012
Right, but China has a very small immediate effect on PC as compared to Cajun. On a global scale, China causes much more damage, but Cajun is dropping it directly on your head.

Regardless, whenever we talk about coal, someone always brings up China or India, but why? Is that the standard you want to shoot for? Shouldn't we be the leaders in new technology?
Dawn Marcelle

Everett, WA

#56 Dec 5, 2012
Hey Vig,
I read the posts on this thread and heard alot of blame game propoganda regarding Coal generation of energy. I was told to get used to the dark if I didn't want to burn coal. Which is ridiculous.

And they accuse Obama of trying to send us back to the stone age because his agenda wants to move away from coal while promoting the use of new technologies in energy science.

I bring up the realities of China in hope people would agree, that's not the direction we need or want to go.

But let's face it, we're up against a NeoCon agenda of profiteers. They don't care about your health or the environment, it's all about the money.

For example, Louisiana is a leader in solar energy programs and it's been highly successful. But now comes along Clyde Holloway who wants to kill those subsidies and penalize those who use that clean energy option.(take a guess who his backers are?)

Or look at our leaders of Energy science at Sandia Laboratories. They reached the goal of ICFusion but...but...but...they reached that goal on a budget meant to support Weapons technologies. As soon as ICF was successful they shut the program down to keep it from being used as an energy source and today that technology is used to keep our Nuclear Weapon infrastructure "healthy".

Ya know that whistle blower law Obama just passed?
That law protects those who can come forward and say, HEY! I know about a program that's being squashed on a false "secrecy" clause because the NeoCons want to promote it as secret National Defense.
not suprized

Maringouin, LA

#57 Dec 6, 2012
I believe with more investigation it is apparent that china's coal use produces pollution,but the pollution of their water supply is from chemical runoff from unregulated chemical runoff.Their river comparable to the mississipp river is so polluted they cannot drink,fish or even bathe in it.To shut down our entire manufactoring base has proved fatal to our economy and suprize but thats where all the good paying middle class jobs have dissapeared from.We now produce next to nothing and import almost everything and export our natural resources.We could shut down all our manufactoring here and these polluting countries will still keep on going.A better question would be why our elected officials don't have any problem punishing american companies while sending our tax dollars to support these growing economies overseas and most people support and buy their products.I checked on solar for the last 5 years and it only becomes cost effecient after a 40,000 dollar investment and 5 years.The batteries have problems and won't store enough power,need frequent replacement and are a pollutor on their own. an american took his new technology to obama and was summerially dismissed and took his technology to china.There is a developement using captured light as a power for use but once again will it ever be used? The polititions are funded by energy lobbiest who have a vested interest in not wanting a cheap supply of energy.We can all fight to keep industry out of our country and become the best burger makers in the world for our manufactoring base.We are funding solar in iraq and afganistan where the energy companies don't have a stake.We have new hybrid cars that use electricity for fuel,somewhat,if you don't drive over 60 miles,which is not feasable unless you are in a major metropolitan area with no need to drive over 30 miles in each direction and no refueling areas.I wonder how many jobs would be created if we helped set up manufactoring plants to just supply our own military and created a base using our tax dollars to actually create jobs and keep our dollars here and supply jobs to our people.You will never hear this idea from our leaders,it makes to much sense.The 4 billion wasted in california on the failed solar plants could have funded these manufactoring plants and we would have some stable jobs by supplying our own military and government needs.

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