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DEQ's Boardman Hearing Draws A Crowd

More than 100 environmental activists and business representatives packed a public hearing in Portland Tuesday night.

The Department of Environmental Quality is holding meetings around the state on how to address pollution from Portland General Electric’s coal-fired power plant.

DEQ has offered PGE three alternatives that would close the Boardman plant, rather than spend more money on pollution controls.

Business and union leaders were out in force Tuesday night to testify in favor of a plan PGE came up with.

That plan is to run the plant until 2020 with some new environmental controls. Supporters say that option gives ratepayers the most financial security.

Environmentalists favored a DEQ option to shutter the plant by 2015.

The state’s Environmental Quality Commission is expected to take up PGE’s slate of options at its December meeting.