Minnesota power plants cut mercury in half

  • Article by: JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY and DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 18, 2013 - 11:04 PM

State is ahead of Legislature’s schedule for pollution controls.

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purlieuFeb. 19, 13 6:36 AM

Congratulations to Minnesota power plants. This is wonderful news. Let's keep up the effort for a cleaner, healthier Minnesota. Thank you.

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BBJoeFeb. 19, 13 7:44 AM

Sounds like a great investment of tax money and effort to create a better world for future generations. I would bet conservatives fought it every step of the way. Congrats to all those successfully involved.

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mn2niceFeb. 19, 13 8:13 AM

This is good news. The less coal we use in power generation the better for us all. But of course this is not the message we get from the so-called "clean coal" people advertising on TV. There is no such thing as "clean" coal.

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whynotrightFeb. 19, 1310:46 AM

mn2nice - There is no such thing as "clean" coal.*** Actually there is. Electrical power generated from coal is now and will continue to be a major contributor to our nations needs. The alternatives, natural gas, nuclear and to some minor extent, wind and solar power, help but are still a long way from meeting the needs of our nation. BTW, I do not work for the coal industry in any way, shape or form.

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monkeyplanetFeb. 19, 1312:30 PM

whynotright: Yes, coal burning will continue, but mn2nice's comment was correct. There is no such thing as clean coal. It is dirty and dangerous to mine, and toxic to burn. Anything that states otherwise is just coal company PR. Take it from someone who grew up in a coal state.

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mylittleidFeb. 19, 1312:49 PM

whynotright - Actually coal-fired power plants release more radiation into the environment than nuclear plants due to the radioactive elements contained in coal. The fly ash emitted by these power plants carries into the surrounding environment 100 times more radiation than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy.

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member11Feb. 19, 13 1:48 PM

This is great news. If I have to pay a little more on my electric bills, it is well worth it. Thanks Xcel Energy, your efforts are appreciated by myself and future generations.

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guitarmnFeb. 19, 13 5:49 PM

So, they did this voluntarily?

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