PPL Montour
Montour Environmental Preserve
How It Works

What’s a scrubber?

Scrubbers are environmental controls that remove a large percentage of the sulfur dioxide from the emissions of coal-fired power plants.

The scrubbers at the Montour plant work by spraying a mixture of crushed limestone and water onto the exhaust gas before it goes out the plant’s chimney. The limestone and water react with the sulfur in the plant’s exhaust to form synthetic gypsum, which is collected and shipped to a drywall manufacturing facility across the road from the power plant, which has created dozens of local jobs.

Scrubbers remove more than 100,000 tons of sulfur dioxide, nearly all produced by the plant, every year from emissions at Montour. As a co-benefit, the scrubbers also reduce mercury and other materials — contributing to significant improvements in environmental performance.

The scrubbers and other environmental improvements at the Montour plant as well as PPL’s Brunner Island power plant in York County represent a combined $1.6 billion voluntary investment by PPL in environmental upgrades for its coal-fired power plants. The improved air quality enables PPL’s coal-fired plants to operate for many years to come.

The scrubbers continue the progress PPL has made in reducing emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides from its power plants over the past two decades.

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Learn more about power plant operations.


At the Preserve

Spring Woodland Wildflowers
Saturday, April 26.
1:30-3:00 PM
Environmental Education Center
Presented by: Jon D. Beam, Senior Naturalist

The delicate beauty of spring woodland wildflowers brings a special touch to a still dull landscape. These early bloomers have some unique adaptations that allow them to sprout and bloom in a mad dash to beat the growth of tree leaves. These wildflowers are among the first signs that spring is truly here. Join our naturalist on an exploratory walk through the preserve's woodlands to discover the joy and beauty of spring wildflowers. We'll explore some interesting facts and fascinating folklore about the different species encountered along the way.


The Montour Preserve

The Montour Preserve is a 4,000-acre park surrounding Lake Chillisquaque that is open to the public for fishing, picnicking, hiking and other activities. Learn more at: www.pplpreserves.com/preserves/montour.

PPL offers many free programs at the preserve and other PPL facilities. Find out more about upcoming events at: www.pplpreserves.com/events.

As a corporation, and as individuals, we understand our responsibility to do the right thing. Read PPL's Sustainability Report.

Montour News

Local non-profit offers new service because of PPL donation

SUNCOM Industries, a human services agency that helps train and employ people with developmental and physical disabilities, is now able to offer shrink-wrapping and other product sealing services to businesses. The new service is possible because of a $7,500 donation from PPL Montour last year for the purchase of the new equipment.

“We’re pleased to support SUNCOM with its mission to employ people with disabilities and offer valued services to area businesses,” said Michael Munroe, Montour’s plant manager. “Donations like these are one of several ways we at PPL show our support for our local communities.”

With the donation, SUNCOM purchased two L-sealers that enable employees to quickly wrap products in a clear plastic film. They also purchased a heat tunnel that shrink wraps the product to produce a professionally finished protective seal.

“SUNCOM’s clients are truly grateful to PPL and enjoyed learning how the new equipment works,” said Teri MacBride, regional affairs director for the Susquehanna Valley who helped facilitate the donation.

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Bucknell engineering students learn about careers at Montour

Fifteen Bucknell University juniors and seniors in engineering fields toured the Montour power plant late last month as part of a semester-long class studying the electric industry.

“Our industry will always need bright, enterprising young men and women to continue to build on the major improvements and technical advances that our employees are working on today,” said Michael Munroe, Montour’s plant manager, who hosted the students. “We’re happy to help give them a glimpse into a potential career here at our company.”

The students toured the turbine deck, control room, mills and coal yard. They then paused next to one of the cooling towers to learn how it worked. They also got a topside view of the coal yard, conveyors and neighboring gypsum plant from the 10th elevation of the boiler.

Teri MacBride, regional affairs director for the Susquehanna region, worked with the students’ professor, Peter Mark Jansson, to arrange the tour.

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PPL supports family-friendly theater show in Williamsport, Pa.

Continuing its support of the arts, PPL recently contributed $5,000 to the Community Arts Center in Williamsport, Pa. The donation will allow the arts center to offer $5 student tickets to the family-friendly show “Lightwire…The Show” on March 6, 2014.

“PPL consistently demonstrates its commitment to our community,” said Rob Steele, executive director, Community Arts Center. “This generous contribution will help us bring family-friendly programming to our community while also allowing us to engage younger audiences in the arts in a new and exciting way. Thank you, PPL.”

“We are delighted to support the communities where our employees live and work,” said Teri MacBride, PPL regional affairs director. “Organizations like the Community Arts Center improve the quality of life in north-central Pennsylvania.”

For more information visit www.caclive.com/index.php.

Meet the Staff

Michael Munroe, Plant Manager 

The overall safe, reliable and efficient operation of PPL’s Montour plant is in the hands of Plant Manager Michael Munroe.

The most valuable asset he manages is not the plant itself, but the experienced workforce that is committed to performing the high quality work needed to operate the plant safely and reliably.

Before coming to PPL in 2006, he held various management positions at Progress Energy’s nuclear power plant in North Carolina and at coal-fired and nuclear power plants owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for 10 years, from 1983 to 1993. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in engineering management from Northwestern University.

He lives in Scott Township, Columbia County.