Oct 9, 2013 The Associated Press

Coal plants exceed emission regs

Most coal-fired power plants in Wyoming, including one that's been in operation for just two years, emit carbon dioxide at a much higher rate than a proposed federal limit for new coal-fired power plants, a newspaper reported.

The proposed standards announced last month by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would require new coal-fired plants to exceed no more than 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour.

Even the 2-year-old Dry Fork Station north of Gillette emits about 2,100 pounds of CO2 per megawatt hour. Power plant owner Basin Electric touts the plant as one of the cleanest coal-fired power plants in the U.S., the Gillette News-Record ( ) reported Sunday.

Officials at PacifiCorp say carbon dioxide emissions from its four Wyoming coal-fired power plants range from 2,100 to 2,600 pounds per megawatt hour. PacifiCorp operates the Jim Bridger plant 30 miles northeast of Rock Springs, the Naughton plant near Kemmerer, the Dave Johnston plant outside Glenrock, and the Wyodak plant near Gillette.

Black Hills Energy's coal-fired plants at the Neil Simpson Complex near Gillette emit between 2,100 to 2,500 pounds of CO2 per megawatt hour depending on the power plant.

Other large coal-fired plants in Wyoming include Basin Electric's Laramie River Station near Wheatland.

The EPA plans to issue carbon pollution standards for existing power plants in June.

Trout Unlimited efforts honored

Wyoming Trout Unlimited has been recognized by the national organization for its statewide efforts.

The Wyoming organization was presented recently with the "State Council Award for Excellence" by Trout Unlimited Vice President of Volunteer Operations Bryan Moore.

Wyoming Trout Unlimited chairman Mike Jensen, of Evanston, received the award on behalf of the Wyoming group's council leadership, 11 chapters, 1,700 members and staff members.

The state council award recognizes such things as work on leadership and organizational actions, attracting new members, mentoring new leaders and carrying out Trout Unlimited's cold-water conservation mission and vision.

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