Leland Olds coal unit clears North Dakota review for SO2 NAAQS compliance

Basin Electric Power Cooperative said Oct. 2 that Unit 2 at the coal-fired Leland Olds Station in North Dakota has been found to be in full SO2 compliance.

The state of North Dakota recently determined Basin Electric is in full compliance of SO2 standards, following a request for dispersion modeling from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In March, the EPA implemented the 2010 1-hour SO2 National Ambient Air Quality Standard, which required states with specific 2012 emissions levels to determine whether certain power plants are in compliance of SO2 standards. Following the EPA’s request for dispersion modeling of Unit 2 at Leland Olds, North Dakota recently reported Basin Electric is in full compliance with SO2 standards.

Basin Electric noted that the EPA plans to review North Dakota’s report and share its comments with the state by Jan. 22, 2016. After a public comment period on the state recommendations and EPA comments ending March 4, 2016, and final input from the states by April 8, 2016, EPA plans to issue its final designation findings by July 2, 2016.

Leland Olds is a two-unit, 669-MW plant that is located four miles southeast of Stanton, N.D., along the Missouri River.


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