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WPS begins construction on new Weston plant emission control system

Weston Power Plant  (By User:Royalbroil via Wikimedia Commons)
Weston Power Plant (By User:Royalbroil via Wikimedia Commons)

WESTON, WI (WTAQ) - Construction has started on a new emission control system at the Weston Power Plant Number three near Wausau. 

The Wisconsin Public Service utility says it will result in a cleaner and more efficient way to burn coal.

The technology will clean up sulfur, mercury, and nitrous dioxides from the coal-burning process. The utility says it hopes to sell the sulfuric acid byproduct to vendors for use in batteries, fertilizers, and food production. 

Public Service says over 200 construction jobs are being created by the $275 million project. It's expected to be finished in 2016.

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