Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Air Time: Efforts focus on reducing air emissions

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Air Quality Program

Ecology is asking for comments about a revised proposal for reducing nitrogen oxide emissions from TransAlta’s coal-fired power plant near Centralia in Lewis County.

The TransAlta plant is the state’s largest stationary source of nitrogen oxide emissions. Nitrogen oxide is a visibility-reducing pollutant, which contributes to regional haze in national parks and wilderness areas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has directed states to reduce regional haze in coming decades.

Speaking of TransAlta, the Canada-based multinational company has opened its new U.S. headquarters in Olympia. Here’s the company’s news release, as well as a statement from Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Here are a few other news items related to emission reductions:

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