Coal plant helps keep Cherry Point warm at night

Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 10:46 PM.

More condensate returning to the plant saves fuel, chemical and water costs.

“We’ve reduced the amount of water that we use from the water plant tremendously,” Filzen said. “We try to cut costs in any way we can. We operate it safely and efficiently.”

Though coal plants have a reputation of being bad for the environment, Filzen said the Cherry Point plant recaptures emissions so nothing potentially harmful is released into the air.

Filzen likes to remind workers at the plant that steam is dangerous.

“Steam is a very serious business,” Filzen said. “If you have a problem at the water plant, people get wet. If you get a problem at the sewer plant, people get stinky. If you have a problem at this plant, people get hurt seriously. They get burned. So this is a very serious business. Since I've been here, I don’t remember anyone getting burned or anything like that.”

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