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NRG Energy may deactivate coal units

Monday - 12/16/2013, 8:00pm  ET

DICKERSON, Md. (AP) -- The new owner of two Maryland power plants says the plants will likely stop burning coal.

The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/JzlD6Q ) that NRG Energy is seeking federal permission to deactivate the coal units at facilities in Dickerson in Montgomery County and at Chalk Point in Prince George's County in 2017. The generators will continue to burn oil and natural gas.

Environmentalists have long complained of excessive pollution at the plants. Princeton, N.J.-based NRG acquired the previous owner of the plants last year.

NRG spokesman Dave Gaier says last week's deactivation request is a response to increasingly stringent state regulations that would require costly investments to comply. The decision to stop burning coal at the plants is not yet final.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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