Fairmont W.Va. – Mon Power and Potomac Edison have applied for approval from the Public Service Commission of West Virginia for an environmental compliance program. The program will be implemented at Fort Martin Power Station in Maidsville as well as Harrison Power Station (Haywood)
The project will cost roughly $142 million and will consist of two wastewater treatment projects that will meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s effluent limitation guideline (ELG) requirements.
Jim Myers (president of FirstEnergy West Virginia operations), stated that the proposed upgrades would create local jobs and allow us continue to operate our plants for the benefit our customers in West Virginia into the next decade while also minimizing our impact on the natural environment.
If approved, the work will be completed by the 2025 end, reducing environmental impacts at both plants. The cost of the improvements will be covered by a ratepayer surcharge that West Virginians pay. It will start at 51 cents per monthly when the first projects are implemented. This surcharge will end in 2024.
Will Boyer (Mon Power spokesperson) said that First Energy Corp is the right choice for both our customers and the State. These two plants generate about 1.3 billion in total economic activity. Thats something that we certainly considered, and these will bring the plants into compliance with environmental law and keep them operating.