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November 15, 2012

Coal plant one step closer to retirement

NORMAN — The Environmental Protection Agency published the proposed settlement Wednesday between the Public Service Company of Oklahoma, the State of Oklahoma and the Sierra Club, which brings the Northeastern coal plant near Oologah one step closer to retirement.

Previously, all parties had announced an agreement in principle in April to phase out the aging coal plant as part of legal disputes concerning air pollution coming from the plant.

“I am pleased that the plan to phase out the Northeastern coal plant is moving forward,” said Whitney Pearson, organizer with Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign. “In preparing for the plant’s retirement, PSO has been a leader and a model for prioritizing its workers while also honoring their duties under the Clean Air Act.

“Oklahomans will breathe easier once the Northeastern plant is retired, but we must also remember that there are still aging, dirty coal plants in Oklahoma contributing to serious air-quality concerns. We need further action.”

Under the agreement, the first coal-burning unit at the Northeastern plant will be phased out by April 16, 2016. The second unit will remain in use but will have pollution control technology installed by April 16, 2016. Between 2021 and 2026, AEP-PSO will significantly reduce the amount of coal burned at the unit until it is decommissioned no later than Dec. 31, 2026.

OG&E is the largest electricity generator in Oklahoma and is fighting Clean Air Act health protections, with litigation now pending.

“OG&E has the opportunity to show the same type of leadership for Oklahoma that PSO has shown in this responsible plant retirement,” Pearson said. “Instead of shirking their responsibility to provide electricity without harm, OG&E should prioritize protecting public health and keeping rates stable with cleaner sources of energy.”

Currently, Oklahoma has six coal-fired power plants that collectively emit significant amounts of soot, smog and mercury pollution.

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