Wisconsin utility reaches $1.2M settlement with EPA
Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) is retiring two coal plants and investing $300 million to research future generation as part of a $1.2 million settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The utility reached the agreement after allegations that it violated the Clean Air Act by neglecting to install modern pollution controls during power plant upgrades dating as far back as 1994.
WPS contends that any violations were not intentional, and it believed it was in line with industry standards.
"We acted then using what we believed to be the proper process for making the improvements," said Terry Jensky, WPS Vice President of Generation Assets, in a release. "Many utilities across the country followed the same procedures, and they have or are now facing similar action from the EPA."
The coal-fired plants in Wausau and Green Bay must be retired by June 1, 2015. WPS must also reinstate its reACT environmental controls along with more restrictive emissions limits.
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