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Rochester, NY: (Feb-21-08) The state of New York brought charges against Rochester Gas and Electric, alleging that the Russell power station in Greece, polluted the city and needed to be shut down. Sources close to the case stated that the parties had reached a settlement, in which Rochester Gas and Electric agreed to shut down the polluting facility and have it replaced with a cleaner electricity generating plant. Additionally, sources stated that the company will also pay $700,000 to settle a state claim that the company made major upgrades to the coal-burning plant in the mid-1980s without installing required pollution controls.

Rochester Gas and Electric claimed that the modifications were routine maintenance and exempt from pollution-control requirements. Of the money the company will pay the state, $500,000 is to be used for energy efficiency or pollution reduction projects in the Rochester area. The other $200,000 goes to the state Department of Environmental Conservation as a civil penalty. Rochester Gas officials have said they plan to build a 300-megawatt electricity generation plant at the Greece site within five years. [DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE: POWER POLLUTION]

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Published on Feb-22-08


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