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Model indicates compliance with air quality standard   

  by  Amy  on  9/11/2017

​With Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) oversight and public input, the air quality modeling for the 1506CSU_0018.jpgMartin Drake Power Plant is complete.

The results indicate that air quality achieves compliance with the one-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for sulfur dioxide (SO2). This Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standard is designed to be protective of public health and our environment.

The Drake Power Plant SO2 NAAQS Compliance Modeling Report is publicly available.

Last year, the area around the plant was designated as “unclassifiable” by CDPHE relative to the current one-hour SO2 standard.

Recently, CDPHE’s Air Pollution Control Division released its evaluation and the modeling report as part of its request to the Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) for a redesignation public hearing. The evaluation recommends that “…the area around the Martin Drake Power Plant as an attainment area for purposes of the 2010 one-hour SOs NAQQS.”

Later this month we expect the AQCC to approve a redesignation public hearing for its October meeting.

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Does this mean you are going to stop monitoring SO2 emissions? How about particulates? NOx? Radionuclides? There is no such thing as clean coal emissions so I am skeptical of any statement that implies a completion of monitoring. This also seems to be only for the plant property only. Do the down wind plume measurements support the near source conclusions?

Monday, September 11, 2017  9:02 PM  Rangesaf