No work before 2012 on Sandow 4 and 5

Even though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has mandated Texas slash certain air emissions by Jan. 1, and Luminant has agreed to upgrade existing environmental equipment at Sandow Power Plant Unit 4, don’t look for a flurry of activity at the site in the next two months.

Ashley Barrie, Luminant spokesperson, told The Reporter this week that upgrade is “work we anticipate will be completed in 2012, not by 2012.”

Luminant announced in September that Unit 4 would be among the company’s coal-fired power plants to get upgrades totaling a combined $280 million.

“We are still in the planning, engineering and procurement phase of this project and further specifics aren’t yet available,” Barrie said.

LAWSUIT—What about the deadline?

In September, Luminant filed a lawsuit in the U. S. Court of Appeals asking it invalidate EPA’s action that added Texas to the list of states falling under the new Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) which sets new guidelines for sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions.

The lawsuit terms the Jan. 1 deadline “ unrealistic” and Luminant CEO David Campb ell said the rule would “idle facilities and result in the loss of jobs.”

At the same time, Luminant announced closings of some of its power plant units and mines, but spared Sandow 4.

In addition to Sandow 4, Luminant promised upgrades to its Monticello Unit 3 and Martin Lake power plants.

UNIT 5 NOISE—Barrie also said there are no firm dates set for a second promised noise mitigation project at Sandow Unit 5 as requested several times by area residents.

“We’re working through finalizing those plans and are not 100 percent sure of the timing,” she said.

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