FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Billings Gazette:Colstrip Power Plant, one of the largest electricity generators in the northwestern United States, has been shut down for at least a month because of air pollution problems, The Billings Gazette has learned.Talen Energy, which operates the plant, is trying to dispel rumors that newer portions of the four-generator power plant have been permanently shut down after failing to comply with the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. None of the power plant’s four units are effectively functioning currently.The details were disclosed to The Gazette in a leaked email, which was written by Colstrip Plant Manager Neil Dennehy. “There is no truth in the rumor that the units will be permanently shut down due to this issue,” Dennehy wrote.Neither Dennehy nor Talen Media Relations Manager Todd Martin responded to Gazette interview requests Tuesday. But Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality confirmed Colstrip’s shutdown over air pollution problems that began at least 28 days ago. That’s when Talen notified the state that its newer generators, Colstrip Units 3 and 4, were emitting Hazardous Air Pollutants, or HAPs, at unsafe levels.Talen shut the units down so it could figure out what went wrong. Since then, the units have fired up only for testing. On July 10, Talen informed the state that its HAPs were still too high. HAPs are pollutants that are known to cause cancer or suspected of causing cancer or other serious health problems like birth defects. The toxic ingredients include lead, cadmium, chromium and other compounds.Dennehy said in his email that Talen would not operate the units out of compliance. By coincidence, Colstrip’s two other generating units are shut down for scheduled maintenance, leaving the power plant completely nonoperational.Right now without Colstrip electricity, those utilities are buying electricity on the spot market and doing so without interruption, sometimes at prices lower than the cost of Colstrip power. All six of Colstrip’s owners own other generating facilities, ranging from hydroelectric dams to wind farms and natural gas plants.More: Colstrip Power Plant shut down to address unsafe pollution emission, scheduled maintenance Emissions force Talen to take Colstrip coal units offline
JOCKEY QUOTES KOSTA HRONIS, STELLAR WIND, WINNING OWNER: “Her maiden win was very impressive. We went and took a look at her and we were impressed with what we saw. She’s looked so good here in the mornings. She’s so fluid, she just floats over the track. She ran great and I thought her gallop out was very strong.”NOTES: Winning owners Kosta and Peter Hronis are from Delano, CA. KENT DESORMEAUX, LIGHT THE CITY, SECOND: “We were similar in placement to the Las Virgenes but it was a completely different race. We were crawling today and really sprinted to the wire. It turned into a typical turf-style race where it’s slow early but you sprint late.“She was full of run under the wire but she had one that out-sprinted her. She’s obviously very good.” TRAINER QUOTES JOHN SADLER, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “She’s trained really, really well. When she got here, her hair was about this long (holding his hands about four inches apart). It was so cold in Maryland, I think she was glad to get out here in this good weather.“I want to thank David Ingordo; he found her for me. He was the agent on the deal, and the previous trainer (Donald Barr) did a nice job. She won easily when she broke her maiden back there with a pretty good number. She trained really well here so I was looking forward to this race today.”Asked if the Santa Anita Oaks (Grade I, $400,000, 1 1/16 miles on April 4) would be next: “That would a logical spot at this point . . . I think she’s going to be better at a a mile and an eighth, a mile and a quarter.” -30- VICTOR ESPINOZA, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “John told me to come and work her so I could know her well. I like her, she’s so smooth and the way she worked was so nice. I was talking with John today and I told him how excited I was for her race.“I wanted to break and let her do whatever she wanted to do; I didn’t want to irritate her, just make her happy. They slowed the pace down so I had to move out a bit. They were walking up front so I had to press the pace by the three-eighths pole. She was just waiting for me to command her. I knew I could just shake the reins a little bit and she would go. I think farther for her would be better.”
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 4, 2016)–English-bred Nancy From Nairobi continued her stateside ascent with an emphatic 2 ½ length win in Friday’s $63,000 Santa Anita allowance feature under Abel Lezcano. Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC and trained by John Sadler, the 5-year-old mare rallied three-wide turning for home en route to covering one mile on turf in 1:34.70.With the temporary inner rail set at 30 feet, Nancy From Nairobi appeared to have a tall order in front of her when fifth in a field of seven older fillies and mares going into the far turn.“This course has been speed favoring, so we were a little scared when we were back off the pace early,” said owner Kosta Hronis. “She didn’t break well and we were last going into the first turn, but the jock played it smart and let her settle. She finished really strong, especially with the rail at 30 feet. I think John would like to run in the Santa Ana (Grade II, 1 1/8 miles on turf March 26) next.”A winner of a second condition allowance in her third stateside start on Feb. 5, Nancy From Nairobi was the second choice in the betting at 2-1 and paid $6.60, $3.00 and $2.80. With the winner’s share of $37,800, she increased her earnings to $151,456. She now has four wins from 21 overall starts.Ridden by Mike Smith, favored Glory sat second behind fractions of 23.20, 46.43, 1:10.62 and 1:22.67 before being inhaled by the winner approaching the sixteenth pole. Off at 3-2, she finished 2 ¼ lengths in front of her stablemate Hijra and paid $3.00 and $2.80.Off at 26-1 with Martin Garcia, Irish-bred Hijra paid $6.80 to show.First post time for a nine-race card, which will be highlighted by the undefeated Eclipse Champion Songbird’s presence in the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.