Marion Plant

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The Marion Plant was listed as a new coal plant project by the National Energy Tech Lab survey "Tracking New Coal-Fired Power Plants" in May 2007. [1] However, no new coal units have been built at this site. Instead, three 1963-vintage units and one 1978-vintage unit have received upgrades.

Units 1-3 were built in 1963 and are 33 megawatts (MW) each. Unit 4 (173 MW) was built in 1978. Since 2000 Units 1-3 were upgraded to use circulating fluidized bed technology. Unit 4 received a selective catalytic reduction retrofit to reduce emissions.

The cooperative planned to add a 140 MW "combustion turbine" in 2003 and an additional 70 MW of unspecified capacity in 2007.[2] As of the 2006 Energy Information Agency powerplant database, the company had added two 70 MW gas-fired turbines.[3]

In 2001, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) issued a violation notice to SIPC for alleged failure to maintain and operate the power plant’s Unit #4 generator in a manner consistent with good air pollution control practices, which resulted in more than 2,000 alleged instances of unacceptably high particulate emissions and excessive sulfur dioxide emissions. Such emissions can contribute to acid rain and aggravate respiratory conditions like asthma.[4]

Project Details

Sponsor: Southern Illinois Power Cooperative
Location: Marion, Illinois
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Coal Ash Waste and Water Contamination

In August 2010 a study released by the Environmental Integrity Project, the Sierra Club and Earthjustice reported that Illinois, along with 34 states, had significant groundwater contamination from coal ash that was not recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The report, in an attempt to pressure the EPA to regulate coal ash, noted that most states do not monitor drinking water contamination levels near waste disposal sites.[5] The report mentioned Illinois' Joliet 9 Generating Station, Marion Plant and Venice Power Station were three sites that have groundwater contamination due to coal ash waste.[6]

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References

  1. “Tracking New Coal-Fired Power Plants,” National Energy Tech Lab, May 1, 2007, page 12 (Pdf).
  2. "Marion Station Units 1, 2, and 3 CFB repowering project, Mt. Vernon, Illinois," Power, July/Aug 2003
  3. [U.S. Energy Information Agency, "Existing Generating Units in the United States by State, Company and Plant, 2006"]
  4. "MADIGAN: PROPOSED SETTLEMENT COULD CLEAR THE AIR OF ALLEGED VIOLATIONS AT ELECTRIC CO-OP'S POWER PLANT," Press release by Office of the Illinois Attorney General, 1/18/06
  5. "Study of coal ash sites finds extensive water contamination" Renee Schoff, Miami Herald, August 26, 2010.
  6. "Enviro groups: ND, SD coal ash polluting water" Associated Press, August 24, 2010.

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