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NiSource to Slash GHG Emissions 90 pct by 2030 (Ind. Report)
NiSource
Date: 2019-04-08
NiSource, the Merrillville, Indiana-based parent company of NIPSCO is touting new emission reduction targets it says builds upon "the aggressive environmental targets the company announced in 2016.

To that end, the company plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions from electric power generation by 90 pct by 2030, as compared to 2005, as it takes coal-fired plants offline in favor of greener, renewable energy sources.

By 2030, NiSource aims to reduce nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and mercury emissions by 99 pct as compared to 2005 levels, and to retire all its coal-fired power plants by 2028 and to generate power with wind, solar and battery storage technology. (Souce: NiSource, PR,nwi.com, 7 April, 2019)Contact: NiSource, Joe Hamrock, Pres., CEO, www.nisource.com

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EPA Proposal Raises Mercury Emissions Standard (Leg & Leg.)
Dairyland Power ,EPA
Date: 2019-01-07
The US EPA has proposed changing its 2012, Obama era, standards limiting hazardous mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. Under its proposal, the agency would ignore indirect benefits from reducing mercury pollution when it weighs industry compliance costs against public health benefits.

Presently, power plants spend up to $9.6 billion per to control mercury emissions, but the regulations that reduce mercury pollution only provides $6 million in direct benefits, according to the EPA. However, the same controls that reduce mercury also reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, which are precursors to fine particle pollution, haze and ozone. These additional benefits were worth up to $89 billion in reduced fine particle pollution and $360 million in avoided climate change impacts, according to the Obama-era EPA.

Most utilities are already in compliance with the 2012 mercury rule by installing costly pollution controls that limit emissions of mercury and other pollutants. The agency proposed retaining current mercury emissions standards. (Source: Dairyland Power Cooperative, Crosse Tribune, Jan., 2019) Contact: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, https://dnr.wi.gov/contact

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