The Clean Air Act 1990

1262 WordsMay 29, 20166 Pages
In 1990 the Clean Air Act 1990 was created as recent advancements and awareness were aiding people in noticing what impacts greenhouse gasses were contributing to acid rain and noticed that sulfur from coal plants were contributing to this problem. The goal of the policy was to reduce the total national SO2 emissions to half of what they were during 1990. The Clean Air Act allowed companies to produce a certain amount of emission per year, and this number varied as it depended on the amount of energy that the company supplied to their customers. The Southern Company had no choice but to comply with the Clean Air Act that was created and to reduce their total emissions. In order to help preserve the planet and to help people in the long run when it comes to their health, the company had many challenges to face in order to accomplish this. Even though it was still producing less than other companies it still had to address some changes that they needed to implement. During the 1990’s, Southern Company received 1 million tonnes of coal per day, emitting 30 tons of SO2/hour. In 1995 “phase 1” only received allowance for the emission of 254, 580 tons/year, which is higher than “phase 2” and it only allowed for 122, 198 tons/year. Several options existed for the company to meet the new standard. The first option was to allow the company to continue operations as it had in the past, burning coal that has higher sulfur without scrubbing exhaust gases. Scrubbing is a process that
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