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Mystic Station Power Plant, Everett, Massachusetts

Mystic Station Power Plant in Everett, Massachusetts, is named after the nearby Mystic River. It contains a combination of oil-burning and natural gas-burning units, which generate a combined total of 2,600 megawatts of electricity. Its first, oil-burning units went online in 1943, while the gas-burning units were added later to reduce the plant’s environmental impact.

Unfortunately, environmental groups remain concerned about emissions from the Mystic Station Power Plant. Oil and gas both release toxins when burned that can be harmful to the environment as well as people’s heath. Residents of Everett and nearby Boson have complained about asthmatic reactions and other respiratory problems caused by air pollution generated by Mystic Station.

Mystic Station’s Environmental Impact

Mystic Station has been linked to a variety of potentially dangerous pollutants, including:

  • Soot, which can trigger respiratory problems
  • Sulfur dioxide, which contributes to acid rain
  • Carbon dioxide, which contributes to global climate change

In 2002, after issuing thousands of citations against the power plant, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it would take legal action against Mystic Station’s owner, Sithe Mystic. The energy company and the EPA eventually reached a $6 million settlement, with most of the money going towards environmental programs.

In addition to the money it paid, Sithe Mystic began taking steps to reduce its plant’s emissions. For example, the plant will be updating its older units to reduce their emissions of soot and sulfur dioxide. In addition, the plant will be implementing new programs to monitor emissions and keep them within levels that comply with the Clean Air Act.

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