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Report: Person County plant among nation's dirtiest

Posted July 26, 2007
Updated April 30, 2008

— Progress Energy's power plant in Person County is among the 50 dirtiest plants nationwide, according to a report released Thursday by an environmental group.

The Progress Energy plant at Hyco Lake is No. 25 on the list compiled by the Environmental Integrity Project. Duke Energy plants in Stokes County and Catawba County are ranked 28th and 46th on the list, respectively.

The "Dirty Kilowatts" rankings are based on the amount of pollution released by each plant.

Progress Energy officials said they have been installing technologies since the 1990s to reduce emissions from the Person plant. By 2013, the company expects to reduce emissions from its North Carolina plants by 80 percent, officials said.


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  • blu-burd Jul 27, 2007

    Why should it take nearly twenty three years to complete such a project? Huuuuuh.

  • Sonet-transport Jul 27, 2007

    When you do a search on all 4 pollutants then the Person county plant is at 128 on the list. The data is there just how is WRAL and others sort it. And if environmental groups truly what the truth then they should be happy to highlight when a plant is working to reducing pollutants.

  • PikeMom Jul 27, 2007

    I think I am more worried about my processed foods coming in from China.We need labeling.

  • Ajay F.S. Jul 27, 2007

    http://www.environmentalintegrity.org/ for those that do not know how to use a search engine. Instead of assuming the info is bogus, maybe we should pay attention and make sure our community is safe and even follow up to make sure Progress Energy is taking strides to reduce pollution.

  • NoLiberals Jul 27, 2007

    Anyone can post anything on the web. My guess is the "Environmental Integrity Report" lacks its middle word. I don't know why WRAL posts such information anyway. Who is the author of this report, what research did WRAL do into the integrity of this report, none?

  • withnailharrison Jul 27, 2007

    soooo turkeydance,
    did you click on that link? and by the way, i couldn't find anywhere on progress energy's website that lists where their "officers" live...

  • jrock Jul 26, 2007

    With the Person County power plant being one of the country's largest, it stands to reason that it would have larger emmissions....

  • muertavaca Jul 26, 2007

    click on the link, bud.

  • turkeydance Jul 26, 2007

    environmental group....ok. What's their Name?
    who are their officers? where do they live?
    Progress Energy displays their officers.
    WRAL....tell me specifically and in detail:
    WHO are these environmental groups?
    until WRAL posts details, it's all fake.