Northland's Largest Electric Generating Unit Cutting Mercury Emissions by 90 Percent

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Northland's Largest Electric Generating Unit Cutting Mercury Emissions by 90 Percent

May 8, 2012 Updated May 8, 2012 at 1:06 PM CDT

Cohasset, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- In a major environmental retrofit, the Boswell Energy Center Unit 4 plans to cut mercury emissions by 90% as well as reductions in particulates and sulfur dioxide emission in their electric generating unit.

The Boswell Unit 4 is the regions largest electric generating unit, capable of producing 585 megawatts of electricity.

According to a Minnesota statute, the Boswell Unit must reduce mercury emissions by 90% by 2018. Minnesota Power, which owns most of the Boswell Unit, was been analyzing emissions from the electrical unit to find out the best solution for the retrofit that meets the newest Environmental Protection Agency's standards in coal units across the nation.

Minnesota Power plans to put $350 to $400 million into the emission reducing project over the next several years. This multi-emission reduction project and the permit applications will be filed with federal and state regulators next month.

Over the past six years, Minnesota Power has put about $350 million to reduce emissions by 70% in Boswell Unit 3, the company's second largest generator.

Minnesota Power says that these reductions in emissions will not affect the power supplied to its customers and will help the company to keep up with the ever growing demand for electricity to power every day needs while staying environmentally conscious.

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