Applaud Energy Company for Voluntary Cleanup of Oil Leakage

Target: Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett

Goal: Applaud NRG Energy for its voluntary cleanup of oil leakage at Titus Station Generating Plant in Pennsylvania.

GenOn Energy, which recently merged with NRG Energy, has informed the Department of Environmental Protection of its intent to decontaminate areas surrounding the Titus Station Generating Plant’s two combustion turbines. Before the merge, GenOn announced that there had been leakage of various oils at the Cumru Township site, set to be closed in two years. Applaud NRG Energy for its voluntary effort to keep the environment clean and safe.

Most of the leakage is comprised of lubricant oil for the turbines at the site. A small amount of another oil, similar to diesel, was also leaked. In the mid 1990s, this plant had to excavate many tons of soil after fuel oil leakage, according to DEP deputy press secretary Kevin Sunday. This 2013 issue is focused primarily on groundwater, given the minimal amount of contaminant that was allowed into the soil. NRG spokesman David Gaier said that water will be bailed out of around a dozen wells in the region. “No sources of drinking water were affected,” Gaier announced. “That’s what we believe. We want it to go away completely.” He said it is likely NRG will perform an aquifer test to confirm this.

By giving notice of the cleanup, the plant began the voluntary process of addressing pollution issues in exchange for liability protection. NRG will receive this protection if it files a final cleanup report up to DEP’s standards. Given the size and location of this particular problem, its impacts on the public are limited. ”That the soil was on-site at this power plant means a very minimal potential impact to public health,” Sunday said. If someone were to come in contact with the oil, it would most likely act as a skin or lung irritant.”

In its prompt cleanup of this site, NRG Energy is acting as an excellent example for other utilities in the region while protecting Pennsylvania’s environment. The quick water bailing of the wells will prevent any undesirable outcomes for the citizens of Cumru Township. Sign this petition to applaud NRG Energy for its efforts to keep our groundwater safe.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Corbett,

GenOn Energy, which recently merged with NRG Energy, owns the Titus Station Generating Plant based in Cumru Township of Pennsylvania. The site’s two generating turbines have leaked lubricant and fuel oil into the soil surrounding the plant. NRG Energy has submitted notice of its voluntary cleanup of the issue to the Department of Environmental Protection, and will be bailing groundwater out of about a dozen wells in the region.

This utility’s responsible, proactive action on this issue sets an excellent example for other energy companies in the region to look up to. The quick response will prevent any harm from coming to citizens of Cumru Township. I urge you to applaud NRG Energy for its efforts to keep the environment clean and safe.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Phil Catterall

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