Local Power Plant Will Clean Up Emissions

By Kiersten Mathieu

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 13, 2006 at 11:06 PM EDT

A local power plant works to clean up its pollution, and will spend 50 million dollars to cut emissions.

AES took over the former Goudy station from NYSEG.

Now the company is trying to cut on pollution coming from the coal-fired power station.

It will spend 50 million dollars on upgrades to cut nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide, two pollutants.

One advocacy group says it's a step in the right direction.

The New York Public Interest Research Group says the company is taking action because of a settlement with New York state.

Last year the state forced many companies to cut back on pollution.

NYPIRG says the changes are needed.

NYPIRG Senior Analyst, Jason Babbie says, "Local power plants are the number one source of industrial pollution in New York state, so efforts to clean up their emissions are sorely needed."

AES will begin the project early next year and will be done sometime in 2008.

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