Asbury Generating Station
Asbury Generating Station is a coal-fired power station owned and operated by Empire District Electric Company near Asbury, Missouri.
In October 2017 Empire District filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission to more than triple the amount of energy it gets from wind. If approved, the company plans to close Asbury by April 2019 - 15 years ahead of schedule. The company estimates the move from coal to wind would save more than $300 million over 20 years.
- 1 Location
- 2 Plant Data
- 3 Emissions Data
- 4 Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Asbury Generating Station
- 5 Coal Waste Site
- 6 Asbury ranked 72nd on list of most polluting power plants in terms of coal waste
- 7 Articles and Resources
The power station is near Asbury, Missouri.
- Owner: Empire District Electric Company
- Plant Nameplate Capacity: 213 MW
- Units and In-Service Dates: 213 MW (1970), 19 MW (1986 - retired 2013)
- Location: 21133 Uphill Ln., Asbury, MO 64832
- GPS Coordinates: 37.361389, -94.589167
- Coal Consumption:
- Coal Source:
- Number of Employees:
- 2006 CO2 Emissions: 1,212,452 tons
- 2006 SO2 Emissions:
- 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
- 2006 NOx Emissions:
- 2005 Mercury Emissions:
Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Asbury Generating 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. 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.
Table 1: Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from the Asbury Generating Station
|Type of Impact||Annual Incidence||Valuation|
|Asthma ER visits||9||$3,000|
Source: "Find Your Risk from Power Plant Pollution," Clean Air Task Force interactive table, accessed February 2011
Coal Waste Site
Asbury ranked 72nd on list of most polluting power plants in terms of coal waste
In January 2009, Sue Sturgis of the Institute of Southern Studies compiled a list of the 100 most polluting coal plants in the United States in terms of coal combustion waste (CCW) stored in surface impoundments like the one involved in the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant coal ash spill. The data came from the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) for 2006, the most recent year available.
Asbury Generating Station ranked number 72 on the list, with 381,186 pounds of coal combustion waste released to surface impoundments in 2006.
Articles and Resources
- Jordan Larimore,"Empire plans pivot to wind energy generation," Joplin Globe, Oct 31, 2017
- Form EIA-860 Data - Schedule 3, 'Generator Data' US EIA, 2014
- "The Toll from Coal: An Updated Assessment of Death and Disease from America's Dirtiest Energy Source," Clean Air Task Force, September 2010.
- "Technical Support Document for the Powerplant Impact Estimator Software Tool," Prepared for the Clean Air Task Force by Abt Associates, July 2010
- Sue Sturgis, "Coal's ticking timebomb: Could disaster strike a coal ash dump near you?," Institute for Southern Studies, January 4, 2009.
- TRI Explorer, EPA, accessed January 2009.
- Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed Jan. 2009.
- Environmental Integrity Project, "Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants", July 2007.
- Facility Registry System, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, accessed Jan. 2009.
- Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed Feb. 2009.
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