The final countdown: Emissions control project almost complete

Leland Olds Station is Basin Electric’s first power plant. It is being fitted with a wet limestone scrubber. The scrubber will remove sulfur dioxide emissions from the plant’s flue gas.

Les Larson, project manager, says the Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Haze Rule, which provides for improvements in visibility at our national parks and wilderness areas, requires greater emission control through the installation of best available retrofit technology (BART) by the end of 2013.

The Leland Olds Station has always been in full compliance with all its federal and state environmental permits. By adding the scrubbers, Leland Olds will be in a better position to operate for an additional 20 to 30 years providing jobs and economic benefits to the area long into the future.

The scrubber on Unit 2 of LOS will be tied in during the fall of 2010. The Unit 1 scrubber will be tied in during 2011.

In the video below, construction supervisor Bob Weir explains how the scrubber process will work.

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