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Pennsylvania Power|Plant Pollutes in Jersey

WASHINGTON (CN) - Sulfur dioxide from the Portland Generation Station in Upper Mount Bethel Township, Pa. is crossing state lines, bringing New Jersey's ambient air quality below national standards, according to a proposed finding by the Environmental Protection Agency.

In May 2010, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection petitioned the agency to limit sulfur dioxide emissions from the plant, contending that it regularly exceeds National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

The proposed action gives the plant's owners, Reliant Energy, three years to permanently lower sulfur dioxide emissions from the plant, and orders immediate changes in hours of operation of the 427 mega watt coal fired facility to help bring down those emissions.

The agency is asking for public input on its proposed action and for any alternative compliance measures the public might suggest.

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