J.B. Jennings

Proposal to revive shuttered Baltimore County power plant stirs questions about climate change

Proposal to revive shuttered Baltimore County power plant stirs questions about climate change

The air became clearer in southeast Baltimore County when the C.P. Crane coal power plant shut down a year ago, settling allegations that it violated pollution limits. But the plant could fire back up under a recent decision by a state regulator.

Its owners want to replace the retired coal boilers with ones powered by natural gas, which burns significantly cleaner than coal but still produces hazardous pollutants and adds greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. A Maryland Public Service Commission judge approved the owner’s plans for the Bowleys Quarters facility last month.

The decision is stirring discussions over whether Maryland should factor climate change more heavily into...

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