Dominion’s Yorktown Oil Burning Unit to be Shut Down
The oil-burning, electricity generating unit in Yorktown has been a workhorse for Dominion Virginia Power for long. The utility which once had plans of being modernized is now being close instead, by 2020.
A new ruling from the EPA or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has put limitations on the amount of lead, mercury as well other toxic compounds which the power plants are allowed to discharge in the air. That is what made Dominion decide on closing down the coal fired units. The company can operate them till the 2016 spring and is surely expecting to win an extension of one year which will allow it to run the plans till 2017. Even Dominion's oil burning unit falls under the same emissions rules and if the company operates Yorktown unit more than eight percent of the time, it will overshoot the toxic emissions that's permitted.
On Wednesday a regulatory filing gave a detail of the latest fifteen year operating and investment plan of Dominion which requires shuttering the Yorktown oil unit. Additionally Dominion also plans to shut down two of its local coal burning power units. Dominion has one hundred and eight employs in Yorktown.
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