DEQ fines Drax record $3.2 million for pollution at N. Louisiana wood pellet mills

Drax Biomass at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge (Photography by VisMedia)

The company that runs Britain’s biggest power station has agreed to pay $3.2 million to settle air pollution claims against two of its wood pellet mills in northeast Louisiana, reports

Each worth $1.6 million, the two settlements amount to the largest paid to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality in at least 10 years.

According to legal filings, England-based power company Drax broke several air quality rules at mills in the small communities of Bastrop and Urania. The mills produce pellets that are shipped to a Drax facility at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge, before being shipped to the United Kingdom.

The settlements may be unusually large for DEQ, but they’re a drop in the bucket for for Drax, said Patrick Anderson, an attorney for the Environmental Integrity Project. The company reported record profits of $226 million for the first half of 2022. Read the entire story.