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2004 Toxic Release Inventory Data – TRI
for Texas’ Coal Burning Power Plants

According to 2004 TRI data, for Texas’ coal fired power plants, the total mercury emitted to air was 10,816 pounds for this year.

Nationally, Texas has five of the top ten worst coal/lignite fired power plants for air releases of mercury and mercury compounds. TXU has three of these plants in the top ten in the US and these same plants rank as the top three in Texas for mercury emissions in 2004. TXU’s Oak Grove plant would emit 1440 pounds a year, and would rank in the top 5 worst plants nationally – even as a new plant.

Hg Cmpds US rank COMPANY
 
1,744 #1 TXU MARTIN LAKE STATION
1,330 #4 TXU MONTICELLO STATION
1,182 #6 TXU BIG BROWN STATION
1,121 #7 H.W. PIRKEY POWER PLANT
1,087 #8 LIMESTONE STATION
911 #14 W. A. PARISH STATION
558   TXU SANDOW STATION
534   CPS SOMMERS/DEELY/SPRUCE
431   WELSH POWER PLANT
325   LCRA FAYETTE POWER PROJECT
248 (Hg) GIBBONS CREEK
298   TNP ONE
262   HARRINGTON STATION
207   TOLK STATION
250   SAN MIGUEL
167   COLETO CREEK PLANT
161   OKLAUNION POWER STATION
10,816 pounds TOTAL

Note: 16 of 17 Texas coal fired power plants reported Mercury emissions to air as Mercury compounds, but one reported releases as just mercury ... Gibbons Creek.

What is TRI?

The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) is a publicly available EPA database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and other waste management activities reported annually by certain covered industry groups as well as federal facilities. This inventory was established under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) and expanded by the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990

 

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