CONNECTICUT ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and
received via e-mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
Clean Air Improvements Anticipated From New Agreement with
American Electric Power Company 
FEB. 25, 2013 
HARTFORD - Attorney General George Jepsen and Department of
Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel C. Esty
said significant air quality improvements are anticipated from a
new agreement with the nation’s largest electric power producer. 
American Electric Power Company, Inc. of Ohio asked to revise a
consent decree, which in 2007 settled a federal-multistate
lawsuit over harmful pollution emitted by 16 of AEP’s coal-fired
power plants across the Midwest and South. The decree required
the company to install $4.6 billion worth of pollution controls
and to invest $60 million in air pollution reduction projects. 
AEP asked for the agreement to be reopened to change the
pollution control technology on its two Rockport coal-fired
plants in Indiana. In exchange, the company agreed to meet a
lower sulfur dioxide limit across its Eastern system beginning
in 2016. This is the third modification to the original consent
decree. 
“My Office agreed to reopen the settlement only if the changes
would result in a greater environmental benefit to the state and
the people of Connecticut, who suffer from higher rates of
asthma than those nationally,” Attorney General Jepsen said.
“This new agreement accomplishes that goal by reducing a
significant source of sulfur dioxide pollution faster. It also
commits AEP to equip more plants with pollution controls, switch
them to cleaner fuels or close them down.” 
DEEP Commissioner Esty said, “The modifications to the agreement
with AEP will help improve Connecticut’s air quality and level
the playing field between Connecticut and other states.  Our
residents have long suffered the public health consequences of
air pollution carried here from power plants elsewhere that burn
dirtier fuels, while these other states benefited economically
from low-cost electricity. The settlement with AEP - and the new
revisions to it - moves us closer to closing this unfortunate
chapter in our history.” 
Under the new agreement, filed Friday in federal court in Ohio,
AEP will cap its annual sulfur dioxide emissions at 145,000 tons
by 2016, and progressively reduce that annual cap to 94,000 tons
in 2029. The original agreement capped sulfur dioxide emissions
for 2016 at 260,000 tons and ended cap reductions in 2019 at
174,000 tons. 
AEP agreed to retire, retrofit, repower or refuel three units at
other coal-fired plants, which affect air quality in the
Northeast. It also agreed to pay $6 million, to be divided by
the eight states participating in the agreement, for pollution
mitigation projects, and to invest in renewable wind energy
projects under certain conditions. Connecticut’s share is
$714,286. 
Sulfur dioxide is an air pollutant produced by the combustion of
fossil fuels by power plants and by oil combustion. Exposure can
adversely affect the respiratory system and increase asthma
symptoms. Sulfur dioxide also reacts with other compounds in the
atmosphere to form small particles, which are able to penetrate
deeply into sensitive parts of the lungs and can cause or worsen
respiratory disease, such as emphysema and bronchitis, and can
aggravate existing heart disease. 
Since 2000, Connecticut children and adults have had a higher
incidence of asthma than those nationally. A recent state
Department of Health (DPH) report showed that trend continued in
2010, when approximately 246,100, or 9.2 percent of Connecticut
adults and 89,300, or 11.3 percent of Connecticut children had
asthma, a chronic disease of the respiratory system
characterized by a hyper-sensitivity and reversible obstruction
of the airways. 
Nationally in 2010, 18.7 million adults or 8.2 percent, and 7
million children, or 9.2 percent, had asthma, the DPH report
said. 
Asthma disproportionately affected Connecticut’s children,
females, Hispanics, non-Hispanic Blacks, and residents of the
state’s five largest cities, according to the report. Left
uncontrolled or poorly-managed, asthma can lead to emergency
department visits, hospitalization, or death. Asthma was blamed
for 197 deaths in Connecticut between 2005 and 2009. 
Assistant Attorneys General Lori DiBella, Environment, with
Kimberly Massicotte, head of the Environment Department, worked
with the Attorney General on this matter. 
Contact: 
Attorney General:
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection 
Susan E. Kinsman
Dennis Schain 
Susan.Kinsman@ct.gov;
Dennis.Schain@ct.gov 
860-808-5324; Cell: 860-478-9581
860-424-3110; Cell: 860-462-3468 
www.ct.gov/ag
www.ct.gov/deep 
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