A crackdown on polluted emissions from the Bonanza power plant near the Utah-Colorado border has resulted in a settlement between federal regulators and Utah-based Deseret Generation & Transmission Co-operative.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the settlement Tuesday, and now South Jordan-based Deseret Power will be required to pay $35,000 in penalties, install new controls during startup and shutdown, and cover the cost of replacing at least five fleet vehicles with natural gas models. The EPA and not the Utah Department of Environmental Quality regulates the plant because it is on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation.
"This settlement secures Deseret's commitment to significantly reduce emissions of particulate pollution and visible emissions from the Bonanza plant during startup and shutdown events and improve visibility in the surrounding area," said Mike Gaydosh, enforcement director at EPA in Denver. "Additionally, the conversion of the company's vehicles to natural gas will benefit local air quality by significantly reducing emissions of harmful nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and particulates."