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Air Pollution Work At Indian River Plant Approved

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) ― Delaware environment officials have approved a $500 million air pollution control project at the Indian River power plant.

NRG, the plant’s owner, says the project approved Wednesday may create 500 construction jobs. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says the project will save $2 billion in health care costs.

The department says the project is expected to reduce air emissions by 75 to 90 percent.

NRG officials say they’re working this year to lower pollutants and the plant’s compliance with DNREC standards is required in 2012.

One of the changes is a mandate to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by 60,000 tons per year. Environmental officials say mercury, soot, nitrogen oxide, ammonia and acid gas emissions will be significantly lower after work is completed.

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