On December 7 the Environmental Integrity Project issued a report on toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants around the country. The data used were taken from the EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory. In 2010 Pennsylvania was the nation’s top emitter of arsenic, cobalt and lead, and second in emissions of hydrochloric acid. Whereas the installation of scrubbers, etc., has reduced the pollution from most plants, the arsenic emissions in Pennsylvania have actually increased from 15,861 pounds reported in 2001 to 17,666 pounds in 2010. Below are Pennsylvania’s top six nationally ranked toxic power plants.
#3. Genon’s Shawville Station, New Florence, Westmoreland County
#7. Edison International’s Homer City, Indiana County
#9. First Energy’s Bruce Mansfield, Shippingport, Beaver County
#14. PPL’s Runners Island Steam plant, York Haven, York County
#16. Geon’s Keystone plant, Shelocta, Armstrong County
#17. PPL’s Montour, Washingtonville, Montour County