Construction of the Carty Generating Station as seen in August 2015.

Construction of the Carty Generating Station as seen in August 2015.

Contributed by Michael Durham/East Oregonian

Portland General Electric’s natural gas-fired power plant in Boardman would be allowed to emit more than three times as much carbon monoxide and eight times as much smog-causing pollution if a new permit is approved.

Dan Serres, conservation director with the environmental organization Columbia Riverkeeper, called the higher amounts “eyebrow-raising.” Steve Corson, spokesman for Portland General Electric, said the new permit would allow for the upper limit of pollution at the plant, which still would be within federal standards for air quality.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is holding a public hearing on the proposal Thursday at 6 p.m. in Boardman at the Port of Morrow’s Well Springs Room.

Portland General Electric can emit 99 tons of carbon monoxide a year at the Carty plant under the DEQ’s current air quality permit. The new permit would increase that to 324 tons a year.

Read the whole story at the East Oregonian.