On The Radio: Iowa utility to phase out old coal plants, make upgrades


Iowa's investment in wind energy has lessened the state's need to implement measures to be in compliance with the EPA's new Clean Air Act. (Michael Leland/Flickr)
Iowa’s investment in wind energy has lessened the state’s need to implement measures to be in compliance with the EPA’s new Clean Air Act. (Michael Leland/Flickr)
Setpember 14, 2015

This week’s On the Radio segment looks at an Iowa utility that is phasing out old coal plants and making energy-efficient upgrades to newer plants to be in compliance with the EPA’s Clean Air Act. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

Transcript: Iowa utility to phase out old coal plants, make upgrades

A Clean Air Act settlement with Iowa’s second largest power provider will help Iowans breathe easy in coming years.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Interstate Power and Light, a subsidiary of Alliant Energy, will install new pollution controls at two coal-fired plants and retire five other coal-fired plants by 2025 as part of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The power company began negotiations with the EPA in 2011 after modifications at their Lansing and Ottumwa plants were found to cause increases in sulfur dioxide and smog-causing nitrogen oxides.

These pollutants in addition to increased particulate matter in the atmosphere can cause significant health problems for Iowans.

In addition to the estimated $620 million in equipment costs, Interstate Power and Light will spend $6 million on environmental mitigation projects and pay a $1.1 million fine as part of the settlement.

For more information about Iowa air quality, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.

http://thesouthern.com/news/local/environment/deal-requires-deep-pollution-cuts-at-iowa-coal-fired-plants/article_1f5f790b-ef19-5215-ad9b-5736ada51795.html

http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/AE4A887AFE0E35AE85257E83005462EC

http://www2.epa.gov/enforcement/interstate-power-and-light-company-clean-air-act-settlement

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