The Syracuse Post Standard reported that a coal-powered cogeneration plant in Solvay, NY will be going out of business in the near future, leaving another business scrambling to come up with a replacement power source. The coal plant will be shutting down due to the cost of compliance with environmental regulations. Oddly enough, according to the article, the plant was created in the first place because of environmental regulations.
A major Solvay employer is asking village officials for speedy review of its plans to build a steam plant to replace vast quantities of steam the company now buys from a nearby coal-burning plant that is expected to shut down.
RockTenn-Solvay LLC, formerly known as Solvay Paperboard, outlined plans for the new steam facility Tuesday and implored the village board to accommodate the company’s “urgent timeline,” which calls for construction to start by September.
RockTenn’s current steam supplier, a coal-burning facility across the street called Syracuse Energy Corp., will stop supplying RockTenn next year, said Jeff Locke, general manager at RockTenn-Solvay.
Although Syracuse Energy has not announced plans to shut down, officials at RockTenn and the state Department of Environmental Conservation say the plant is likely to close next year rather than comply with costly new environmental regulations.
For years, Syracuse Energy was one of the region’s top polluters, but it has significantly reduced the pounds of toxic chemicals it releases at its Solvay site, according to reports industrial companies file with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 2010, it discharged less than 1 percent of the toxins that it discharged five years earlier. (Read More)
The report goes on to indicate that if RockTenn is able to build the new boiler it could add about six jobs. I wonder how many jobs will be lost when Syracuse Energy goes belly up.
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