Patsy Stoddard – Sun Advocate
The Carbon Plant just celebrated its 60th anniversary but probably won’t see another. This plant has not been brought into environmental compliance and will be decommissioned in 2015, according to Rocky Mountain Power President Richard Walje.
Walje was in Price last week to brief the community and its leaders on the company’s situation in Castle Country.
He said said they tried but were unable to bring the Carbon Plant up to environmental standards. They could meet the standards for mercury, but not for toxic acids.
End of an era
They tried many different ways but couldn’t find a way, there’s not much room in that canyon and the plant is approaching the end of its useful life. “At some point it’s too expensive,” he said. It’s the end of an era. We’ve been planning for three to four years. Some of the employees will transfer to Huntington and Hunter. Some have taken early retirements. There will be a skeleton crew operating there during the decommission process for the plant.”
The land the plant is located on will be reclaimed and the components of the plant will be disposed of properly as well as sold to get as much value out of them as possible.
Rocky Mountain Power is noted for its community service and Walje said even with the closure of the Carbon Plant they will still support communities.
Walje said Rocky Mountain Power intends to operate the coal fired power plants for as long as they can. (…)