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Mount Storm Power Station is a coal-fired power station owned and operated by Dominion near Mount Storm, West Virginia.

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Plant Data

  • Owner: Dominion Virginia Power
  • Parent Company: Dominion
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 1,662 megawatts (MW)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: 570 MW (1965), 570 MW (1966), 522 MW (1973)
  • Location: State Rte. 93, Mount Storm, WV 26739
  • GPS Coordinates: 39.200556, -79.264167
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source: Mountain View Mine
  • Number of Employees:

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 12,464,709 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions: 3,139 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
  • 2006 NOx Emissions: 22,464 tons
  • 2005 Mercury Emissions: 341 lb.

Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Mount Storm 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.[1] 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.[2]

Table 1: Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from the Mount Storm Power Station

Type of Impact Annual Incidence Valuation
Deaths 47 $340,000,000
Heart attacks 75 $8,200,000
Asthma attacks 740 $39,000
Hospital admissions 35 $830,000
Chronic bronchitis 28 $13,000,000
Asthma ER visits 37 $14,000

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

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References

  1. "The Toll from Coal: An Updated Assessment of Death and Disease from America's Dirtiest Energy Source," Clean Air Task Force, September 2010.
  2. "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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