100 Years, 100 People: 2000 - 2009
A new century
Larry Webster was born and raised in Albany, Oregon. After getting his Biology degree in 1976, Larry spent some time working at a power plant in Wyoming. He joined the Centralia plant team in 1984 when he was offered a position as Preventive Maintenance Engineer.
Among his peers, Larry has earned recognition for his environmental efforts. “For me, it is about minimizing our footprint. We all know we have one, and we can make it smaller. Fly ash, gypsum from the scrubber, cardboard and wood can all be recycled and repurposed. Even wastewater can be reused; last year we recycled almost 115 million gallons of wastewater to the scrubber,” said Larry.
Larry has been involved on a number of projects that aim to reduce our environmental footprint. He was part of the construction of a wet flue gas desulfurization (scrubber) aimed at reducing sulfur dioxide emissions produced during power generation. This project introduced the process and equipment to “scrub” out emissions and produce gypsum, a by-product used to produce sheetrock.
As the current manager of Process Systems, Larry is responsible for water purification and overseeing waste water treatment, scrubber operations, as well as managing operations at TransAlta’s Skookumchuck Hydro Facility which provides water for Centralia operations. Larry is licensed in the State of Washington as a drinking water and wastewater treatment operator and assists with the coordination of waste recycling at the Centralia facility.
Kevin Van Koughnett