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Gregoire signs bill to end TransAlta’s use of coal

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on April 29, 2011 at 11:29 am with No Comments »
October 25, 2011 9:18 am

Gov. Chris Gregoire put her signature on Senate Bill 5769 this morning in Centralia, bringing to an end a long fight over emissions from the Alberta-based TransAlta’s local coal-fired power plant.

TransAlta plans to build a natural gas facility to replace its coal-based operations. It is closing one coal-fired boiler by 2020 and the other by 2025, and under the bill must install pollution-reducing equipment and spend $55 million in local economic assistance.

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