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Coal-fired Mass. power plant sold

March 12, 2013

SOMERSET, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts power plant frequently cited as one of the most polluting in the state has been sold.

Virginia-based Dominion announced Monday that the coal-fired Brayton Point power plant in Somerset is one of three plants nationwide being sold to Energy Capital Partners, a private equity firm with offices in New Jersey and California.

The price was not disclosed.

Dominion bought the Somerset plant in 2005.

The sale, which requires approval of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is expected to close in the second quarter.

Brayton Point topped the Environmental Protection Agency’s list for most toxic emissions in Massachusetts in 2011.

A Dominion spokesman says Brayton Point meets federal and state clean air standards and the company invested $1 billion in environmental controls for the facility.

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