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DEP Grants Air Quality Plan Approval for Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant in Luzerne County

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved an air quality plan approval for Moxie Freedom Energy, LLC of Virginia to construct and operate a 1050-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Salem Township, Luzerne County. The approval was granted by DEP’s Air Quality Program on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

“The application received a thorough review by the Department and we determined that Moxie’s proposal satisfies applicable emissions control requirements, including use of Best Available Control Technology and Lowest Achievable Emission Rate”, said Mike Bedrin, Director of DEP’s Northeast Regional Office in Wilkes-Barre. “This plant will also have emissions testing, recordkeeping and continuous emission monitoring requirements to assist DEP in monitoring emissions from the facility to help ensure compliance.”
Moxie Freedom submitted an air quality plan approval application to DEP on October 6, 2014. The company plans to utilize a combustion gas turbine and a steam turbine to produce electricity. Each combined turbine and a duct burner will exclusively fire pipeline-quality natural gas. The burners will be equipped with selective catalytic reduction to minimize nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and oxidation catalysts to minimize carbon monoxide (CO) and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. The project will be capable of producing 1050 Mega Watts (MW) of electricity, which will then be distributed to the power grid for use.