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Coal-burning plant in Virginia closing after fined for violating air quality laws

GenOn Energy’s Potomac River Generating Station, a coal-burning power plant in Alexandria, Virginia, is scheduled to close in October. The plant was fined for $280,700 for violating air-quality laws by exceeding nitrogen oxide limits six times between June 28 and July 18 last year, reports the Washington Post.

The plant began operation in 1949 and has faced years of opposition from both local residents and environmentalists, according to the news source.

Increased levels of air pollution can lead to a variety of health problems, including aggravating respiratory conditions, asthma and increasing levels of stroke and heart attack. Homeowners in the area can install a medical-grade home air purifier such as IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers to limit their prolonged indoor exposure to toxins produced by nearby power plants. Air pollution can remain in the region for a long time, and once those fine particulates get in a home it may be hard to remove them for years to come because fabric and other materials absorb them.

Investing in a home air purifier can reduce the presence of toxins in the home, which can potentially increase residents’ health, decrease their chance of getting ill and reduce respiratory aggravators that can become a problem for those with asthma, bronchitis or even the everyday cold.