Environews: EPA requires Utah coal plant to cut emissions

By Amy Brunvand

In June, citizen groups working on air quality won a major victory when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a decision that will reduce haze-forming emissions affecting Arches, Canyonlands and seven other National Parks and Wilderness Areas. The EPA decision overrules a much weaker regional haze plan written by the State of Utah and requires the installation of emission control technologies that will reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from four electrical generating units at PacifiCorp’s Hunter and Huntington power plants in Emery County, Utah by 9,885 tons each year. Groups that had challenged the ineffective Utah plan include HEAL Utah, Sierra Club and National Parks Conservation Association.

This article was originally published on July 11, 2016.