Somerset power plant cuts mercury emissions
May. 22, 2013
SOMERSET, Mass. (AP) — A coal-fired Massachusetts power plant frequently listed as one of the most polluting in the state has dramatically reduced its mercury emissions.
Federal data from the Brayton Point plant in Somerset show mercury emissions fell by almost two-thirds between 2010 and 2012, by an average of 19 pounds per year.
A spokesman for Dominion Energy, which owns the plant, tells The Standard-Times (http://bit.ly/10LBRtP ) that lower emissions are the result of two things: the installation of environmental controls that remove toxins from the emissions, and the fact that the plant has been running less often.
Clean Water Action and Coal Free Massachusetts Coalition, environmental groups critical of the plant, say that despite reductions, mercury emissions from the plant are still dangerous and can cause nerve and brain damage.
Information from: The (New Bedford, Mass.) Standard-Times, http://www.southcoasttoday.com