Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hundreds Attend Public Meeting On Westmoreland Natural Gas Power Plant

Nearly 300 residents attended a DEP public hearing on February 11 about a proposal by Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners to build a natural gas-fired power plant in South Huntington Twp., Westmoreland County.
Representatives from DEP's Clean Water and Air Quality programs responded to questions and listened to testimony.  Tenaska officials also participated in the question and answer session.
In order to begin construction, the company must obtain an air quality plan approval and a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit from DEP.
In the air quality plan approval application, Tenaska requests permission to construct and temporarily operate the gas-fired facility. The company’s NPDES application requests to discharge water used to cool the power generation equipment into the Youghiogheny River.
DEP has issued draft approvals for both requests which include conditions specifying how these air emissions and waste-water discharges must be controlled.
Anyone wanting to submit written comments should address them to:  The Department of Environmental Protection, 400 Waterfront Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Please note on the envelope that you are commenting on the Tenaska proposals. The public comment period will close on February 23.
(Reprinted from Feb. 9 DEP News.  Click Here to sign up for your own copy.)

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