Environmental monitoring and protection expenses include the operation and maintenance expenses of environmental control equipment, emission fees, environmental monitoring, biological monitoring and protection of habitat.
Expenses also include taxes on environmental facilities, environmental fees and labor costs associated with environmental support. Expenses indicated in the chart are corporate-wide.
The installation of equipment to reduce sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and mercury emissions is to meet stringent new emissions reductions required by federal and state rules.
The new equipment will be installed between 2008 and 2015.
With completion of all of the environmental construction by 2015, Dominion will have reduced its SO2 emissions by an average of more than 88 percent for all of its coal-fired units that serve Virginia. Nitrogen oxide emissions will decrease by 84 percent and mercury emissions by about 89 percent from 2000 levels.