Friday, November 18, 2016

Susquehanna River Commission Considers $97,000 In Penalties Against Natural Gas Power Plants Dec. 8

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission will meet on December 8 to consider proposed settlement agreements involving $97,000 in penalties related to three Panda Fund natural gas power plants-- the Hummel Plant, a coal to gas plant under construction in Snyder County, and the recently commissioned Patriot Plant in Lycoming County and the Liberty Plant in Bradford County.(formal notice)
             The proposed settlement agreement for the Patriot Plant includes a penalty of $44,250 for the use of unapproved water sources during construction and exceeding daily water withdrawals during commissioning from its approved public water supply source.
             The proposed settlement agreement for the Liberty Plant includes a penalty of $30,000 for exceeding water withdrawals from an unapproved groundwater source and approved public water supply source during construction and commissioning.
              The Hummel Station Plant proposed settlement agreement includes a penalty of $22,750 for use of unapproved water sources during construction.
“The broader lesson from these actions is for the plants to do a better job of estimating their water needs during construction and commissioning activities,” said Jason Olyer, SRBC General Counsel.
Also on the agenda is an information presentation on the Lower Susquehanna Subbasin and consideration of water withdrawal requests.
The meeting will be held at the Loews Annapolis Hotel, 126 West Street, Annapolis, Maryland. starting at 9:00 a.m.

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