MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Power Co. will pay $75,000 in fines and stop burning coal in a unit that released too much hydrochloric acid at a generating plant north of Mobile under an agreement with state environmental regulators.
A local news outlet reports the settlement came as the utility agreed to a consent order from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. It followed a violation at the Barry Steam Electric Generating Plant in Mobile County last August.
Under the agreement, the company must stop burning coal in the plant’s Unit 4 by 2028. Alabama Power already had announced plans to convert the unit to burn natural gas, but now it must do so to comply.