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Oregon’s PGE Gets a Lump of Coal this Holiday Season

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 By Dondrea Warner/Craig Eicher, Contact
December 21, 2007

Boardman, OR – The Sierra Club has Oregon's Portland General Electric on its naughty list this Christmas because of pollution put out by the big PGE coal-fired power plant at Boardman, east of Portland on the Columbia River.

The Sierra Club says that plant is responsible for fully 10 percent of Oregon's global warming pollution and for other air pollution in the state.

Emily Bartha with the Club in Oregon says it's time for the company to change its ways.

"The new wave of the new energy future is upon us. Oregon has been a leader in that. We want to continue to be a leader. But by having a coal-fired power plant in our state that contributes so much to global warming, we're not paving the way toward that clean energy future."

PGE says it is committed to promoting the use of renewable energy sources.

Bartha contends the company should act now to modernize the plant with technology already available, to protect the state's environment and the health of its residents. She says PGE's emissions are hurting Oregonians.

"That is bad for human health and obviously for global warming, but also it impairs visibility in the Gorge."

The Columbia River Gorge is one of Oregon's prime recreation areas and visitor attractions.

Information on the PGE website www.portlandgeneral.com) states that the company will develop a mercury control strategy for the Boardman plant by 2009 that will address both mercury and haze-causing emissions. The plan's goal is to cut haze-causing emissions by more than 76 percent and airborne mercury by 90 percent.



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