Pennsylvania agency sets conditions for the retired Piney Creek coal plant

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said in a notice in the Nov. 14 Pennsylvania Bulletin that on Oct. 5 it approved conditions related to the permanent shutdown and demolishing of the coal-fired Piney Creek Power Plant in Clarion County, which is permitted under Piney Creek Power LP.

“This Title V Operating Permit was revoked because production ceased at the facility in April 2013 and the plant was not successful in finding any business scenario which would allow the plant to resume generation of electric power,” said the DEP notice. “The sources will be demolished, salvaged, or sold and the only remaining source will be the coal storage pile. The following conditions are applicable to the permanent shutdown of the Piney Creek Power Plant and were approved on October 5, 2015.”

The emissions sources at the site include a fluidized bed combustor rated at 450 mmBtus/hr, a primary crusher for the waste coal the plant had burned, and a 200 ton per hour conveying system for coal.

The facility generated 267.0 tons of NOx, 420.6 tons of SOx, 83.77 tons of CO, 30.31 tons of filterable PM10, and 8.65 tons of PM2.5 Emission Reduction Credits (ERCs). ERCs generated by the curtailment or shutdown of a facility which are not included in a plan approval and used as offsets will expire for use as offsets 10 years after the date the facility ceased emitting the ERC generating emissions. The use of these ERCs in applicability determinations for netting purposes is limited, the DEP noted. The ERCs may not be traded to facilities under different ownership until the emissions reduction generating the ERCs is made federally enforceable.

Auction firm Stuart B. Millner & Associates had in February 2014 said it was conducting the liquidation of Piney Creek, a 32-MW (net) plant that shut down in 2013.

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