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February 11, 2014

Salem plant not a top 10 polluter

SALEM — For the first time in years, Salem Harbor Station did not make the EPA’s list of the state’s top 10 polluters.

Of course, the Toxic Release Inventory data is for 2012, when two of the four generating units at the Salem coal- and oil-fired power plant were shut down. Units 1 and 2, both of which burn coal, have been out of service since late 2011.

The power plant will close at the end of May.

Salem ranked sixth on the EPA list in 2011 and fourth in 2010.

The EPA announced its list yesterday of toxic chemical disposals and releases into the air, land and water. About 19.2 million pounds of chemicals were released in the six New England states in 2012, a reduction of about a half-million pounds from the previous year.

Salem’s sister plant, Dominion Energy’s Brayton Point, which also burns coal, ranked second on the list of facilities in the state with the largest quantity of on- and off-site environmental releases in 2012. Brayton Point also is scheduled to close.

ITW Devcon of Danvers, which makes adhesives, was eighth on the EPA list. It had been ranked 13th the year before.

Solutia Inc. of Springfield, a subsidiary of Eastman Chemical Co., was the No. 1 polluter.

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