Independence Power & Light backing out coal at Missouri City plant

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources on Jan. 23 put out for notice a draft permit covering the elimination of coal firing at the Missouri City power plant.

Independence Power & Light’s Missouri City Station produces electricity from two dual fuel boilers,” said the draft permit. “The installation will permanently cease combusting coal January 30, 2016 and will be exclusively oil fired. The installation is currently a major source of NOx, PM10, PM2.5, SOx, HAP, and Hydrogen Chloride. After January 30, 2016, the installation will be a major source of NOx and SOx.”

Boilers 1 and 2, at 265 MMBtu/hr each, are dual-fuel (coal or oil) units. The DNR noted: “Until January 30, 2016 the installation is a major source and not subject to [Maximum Achievable Control Technology] JJJJJJ. On January 30, 2016, the installation is required to cease combusting coal, this requirement limits the installation’s [hazardous air pollutant potential to emit] to area source levels; therefore, the dual-fired boilers are oil-fired (as they can no longer combust coal) and are required to comply with MACT JJJJJJ by no later than July 28, 2016 per §63.11210(h).”

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