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Fort Martin Power Station is a power station owned and operated by Allegheny Energy Supply Company, a subsidiary of the investor-owned electricity utility Allegheny Energy.

The power station has an installed capacity of 1,107 megawatts and is located in Maidsville, West Virginia.[1]

As of December 17, 2009, the Allegheny Energy was about to close on bond sales that would pay for installing a scrubber at its Fort Martin Power Station. Total bond sales are to exceed $85 million.[2]

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Plant Data

  • Owner/Parent Company: Allegheny Energy
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 1,152 MW
  • Units and In-Service Dates: 576 MW (1967), 576 MW (1968)
  • Location: Rte. 53, Maidsville, WV 26541
  • GPS Coordinates: 39.710611, -79.927806
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source:
  • Number of Employees:

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 7,726,962 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions: 87,565 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
  • 2006 NOx Emissions: 10,090 tons
  • 2005 Mercury Emissions: 416 lb.

Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Fort Martin Power Station

In 2010, Abt Associates issued a study commissioned by the Clean Air Task Force, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization, quantifying the deaths and other health effects attributable to fine particle pollution from coal-fired power plants.[3] Fine particle pollution consists of a complex mixture of soot, heavy metals, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides. Among these particles, the most dangerous are those less than 2.5 microns in diameter, which are so tiny that they can evade the lung's natural defenses, enter the bloodstream, and be transported to vital organs. Impacts are especially severe among the elderly, children, and those with respiratory disease. The study found that over 13,000 deaths and tens of thousands of cases of chronic bronchitis, acute bronchitis, asthma, congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, dysrhythmia, ischemic heart disease, chronic lung disease, and pneumonia each year are attributable to fine particle pollution from U.S. coal plant emissions. These deaths and illnesses are major examples of coal's external costs, i.e. uncompensated harms inflicted upon the public at large. Low-income and minority populations are disproportionately impacted as well, due to the tendency of companies to avoid locating power plants upwind of affluent communities. To monetize the health impact of fine particle pollution from each coal plant, Abt assigned a value of $7,300,000 to each 2010 mortality, based on a range of government and private studies. Valuations of illnesses ranged from $52 for an asthma episode to $440,000 for a case of chronic bronchitis.[4]

Table 1: Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from the Fort Martin Power Station

Type of Impact Annual Incidence Valuation
Deaths 150 $1,100,000,000
Heart attacks 240 $26,000,000
Asthma attacks 2,300 $120,000
Hospital admissions 110 $2,600,000
Chronic bronchitis 88 $39,000,000
Asthma ER visits 110 $41,000

Source: "Find Your Risk from Power Plant Pollution," Clean Air Task Force interactive table, accessed February 2011

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References

  1. Allegheny Energy, "Generating Facilities", Allegheny Energy website, accessed June 2008.
  2. Allegheny Energy, "Allegheny prices bonds for plant scrubber", The Register-Herald, December 17, 2009.
  3. "The Toll from Coal: An Updated Assessment of Death and Disease from America's Dirtiest Energy Source," Clean Air Task Force, September 2010.
  4. "Technical Support Document for the Powerplant Impact Estimator Software Tool," Prepared for the Clean Air Task Force by Abt Associates, July 2010

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