Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

EAST/CITY/SOUTH/STATE [Derived Headline]

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DEP approves power plant's $725M pollution controls

The state Department of Environmental Protection Monday approved the installation of $725 million pollution controls at Edison Mission Energy's coal-fired Homer City Generating Station in Indiana County, 50 miles east of Pittsburgh.

The 1,884-megawatt power plant, operated by EME and owned by General Electric, has long been considered one of the most polluting in the nation. According to the companies, the new controls, first proposed in January and the subject of a DEP public hearing on March 18 that attracted more than 500 people, will reduce annual emissions of sulfur dioxides by 100,000 tons a year or 84 percent, mercury by 90 percent and soot by 57 percent.

The DEP said it conducted a thorough technical review of the proposal and considered all public input before making its decision. Environmental organizations were critical of the project, claiming the sulfur dioxide controls were not good enough to meet pending new federal pollution limits.

The 43-year-old power plant, which employs 265, is a base-load facility that generates enough electricity to light 2 million homes.


Man shot and killed in South Side Slopes

A 19-year-old man died after he was shot in the South Side Slopes about 5 p.m. Monday.

A relative found Kevin Buchanan Jr. of Arlington in the doorway of a home in the 1500 block of Conway Street. He had a gunshot wound to his chest, Pittsburgh police Lt. Daniel Herrmann said.

Paramedics drove Mr. Buchanan to UPMC Presbyterian, where he was pronounced dead.

Larimer man sentenced in woman's slaying

A Larimer man has been sentenced to 13 to 26 years in prison in the shooting death of a Homewood woman.

Robert Brown, 18, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder Thursday, just days before his trial was to start before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge David A. Cashman.

Mr. Brown also pleaded guilty to conspiracy and a firearms count in the March 27, 2010, slaying of Shirl Esseny, 60.

Ms. Esseny was walking home from the Homewood branch of the Carnegie Library that afternoon when she was struck by a stray bullet. …

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