ID Sugar Plant To Reduce Pollution

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 9:47am

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — The Amalgamated Sugar Co. sugar beet processing plant in Nampa has reached an agreement to cut its nitrogen oxide output to help reduce air pollution in the region around the plant.

The sugar maker has a preliminary agreement with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to spent $8 million to install nitrogen-oxide burners on three coal and natural gas boilers. The burners would reduce the amount of nitrogen oxide emitted by the boilers. Under the proposed air quality permit, the work would be done by 2016.

The federal regional haze program requires DEQ to study emissions and find the best available technology for specific polluters. A study estimated the nitrogen-oxide burners would reduce or eliminate regional haze about 12 days a year.

Idaho DEQ is taking public comment until Nov. 30.



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