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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.


Learn more about power plant operations.

At the Preserve

Jerry Haines in concert

Join us for an afternoon of acoustic music, folk ballads, humorous songs and good old-time music on Sunday, July 6, from 2-3:30 p.m. Pennsylvania singer-songwriter Jerry Haines will provide a delightful musical program for all ages.

This versatile performer returns to the preserve to mix vocals with guitar, harmonica and autoharp. If you enjoy good down-home music, bring the family and join us for some toe-tappin’ pleasure.

This free program will be held at the Environmental Education Center. For directions, please visit www.pplpreserves.com, select Montour and then click on Contacts and Directions. For more information, contact the preserve at 570-437-3131 or jdbeam@pplweb.com.

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.

suncom industries

PPL Supports STEM magnet program at Bloomsburg University

Representatives of PPL Corporation and affiliates were on campus recently to present a check for $20,000 to provide continuing support for the STEM Magnet program. The company played an integral part in forming the collaborative effort between Bloomsburg University, eight school districts and regional businesses and foundations to serve local high school students in advancing in the science, math, engineering and technology disciplines. PPL leaders provide input on the development of the curriculum and serve as mentors to students in the program, in addition to the financial commitment.

PPL Supports Stem magnet program at Bloomsburg University

PPL supports free concert on Bucknell campus

Continuing its support of the arts, PPL is underwriting a free concert by Slavic Soul Party to be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 5.

The concert will be held outside on the plaza of the Weis Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Bucknell University in Lewisburg. (The concert will move indoors to the lobby if it rains.) Feel free to bring a lawn chair. This is a family-friendly event and children are welcome.

“We are pleased to support musical events as part of our commitment to supporting quality programs in the communities where our employees live and work,” said Teri MacBride, PPL regional affairs director for the Susquehanna Valley.

Slavic Soul Party is a world brass band that created an acoustic mash-up of Balkan and Gypsy sounds with North American music, weaving the gospel, funk, dub, jazz, and Latin influences of New York's neighborhoods seamlessly into a Balkan brass setting. For more information, visit www.bucknell.edu/x93980.xml.

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.