BYRON, Ill. - An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) test for emissions standards will take place at Byron Station this week.
The test involves opening a valve on the facility's backup boiler system for a period of time to allow steam to release. The boilers, which are the size of single car garage, will be tuned for peak performance so they meet or exceed environmental standards during the process. This system provides backup heat to areas of the facility.
The heating system is not associated with daily power production. The steam source is well water and it does not contain any radionuclides.
The test will take place a few times on Tuesday, Feb. 21 and Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Power generation facilities and manufacturing plants have to perform this test if they feature similar heating equipment, according to the EPA.
Residents close to the plant might see or hear steam releasing from a small horizontal pipe on the east wall of the facility's building in the center of the property. The steam is expected to dissipate before reaching plant boundaries.
"We appreciate our neighbors' patience with any noise intrusion during this test," said Byron Station Site Vice President Tim Tulon. "The EPA's requirements are important. We want to ensure our equipment meets or exceeds the standards required by law."
Byron Generating Station is in Ogle County, Ill., about 25 miles southwest of Rockford.