Talen’s Brunner Island settles with Pennsylvania over fish kill

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Talen Energy (NYSE:TLN) Brunner Island coal plant has signed a consent assessment of civil penalty of almost $26,000 in connection with a January fish kill on the Susquehanna River.

The generating station releases heated water from the cooling process to a condenser discharge channel. During cold weather, fish are generally attracted to the warmer water. An equipment shutdown on January 30 prevented the warmed water from entering the channel. The water temperature in the channel dropped approximately 13 degrees in one hour, causing the death of more than 1,100 fish.

 In response to a Feb. 4 notice of violation, the company supplied the department with a list of correction actions to reduce the likelihood of a similar situation occurring again.

New procedures and equipment are in place to allow for a quicker response, and to ensure at least a partial heating of the water being discharged, DEP said in an April 12 news release.

There are three bituminous coal units at Brunner Island that together can generate about 1,400 MW. The company is planning to add natural gas capability at Brunner Island.

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