Kohan: RRI Energy/Shawville Station Continue to Work with DEP

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CLEARFIELD – Efforts to decrease water temperature below the Shawville Power Plant are still being hammered out. On Thursday, Murray Kohan, general manager of the RRI Energy’s Shawville Station, released a statement regarding the status of those efforts.

“RRI Energy understands and shares the community’s concern over the thermal condition of the Susquehanna River and is examining a list of options that will lower the temperature in the river. Over the past six months, we have had extensive and constructive discussions with the Department of Environmental Protection to take steps to lower the temperature in the river. The final approach and schedule is still being discussed during our ongoing discussions with the DEP.

“At RRI Energy, our mission to produce reliable, affordable electricity is accompanied by a commitment to operate safely and in an environmentally responsible manner.  We believe that meeting the nation’s growing electricity needs and protecting the environment are not mutually exclusive goals, but ones that require fresh ideas, meaningful investments and effective partnerships.”

The plant, and DEP, had been under pressure from the Clearfield County Commissioners and others to reduce the water discharge temperature. Kohan met with the commissioners in July 2009 to discuss some of the items that had been in the news at the time. To read those articles, click here and here.

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