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Waste Projections for Proposed Plants, Excluding Gasification Facilities

Around the country, 70 new conventional coal-fired power plants have been proposed. If built, these plants would produce more than 15 million tons of coal waste per year, contaminated by over 15 thousand tons of toxic metals. Waste projections for new and proposed plants only include fly and bottom ash.

Some new and proposed plants convert coal into a gas before combustion, a process called gasification, which results in a significantly different solid waste than that from conventional coal plants, with a much lower environmental risk. These plants have been excluded from the totals summarized on this page, on the associated state summary page, and on the relevant individual state profiles in the list above.

We call the states that would see the most contaminated coal waste from new plants the "Terrible Twenty Five."

Plant State County Projected Contaminated Waste (Tons) Rank by Waste Projected Toxic Metals (Tons) Rank by Toxic Metals
Oak Grove Texas Robertson 1,314,629 1 1,372 1
Otter Creek Montana Custer 678,623 2 626 2
Spruce 2 Texas Bexar 586,234 3 612 3
Glades Florida Glades 542,794 5 575 4
Limestone 3 Texas Limestone 545,197 4 569 5
NextGen South Dakota Hughes 512,954 6 535 6
Tenaska Texas Nolan 439,675 7 459 7
Sandow 5 Texas Milam 439,675 8 459 8
Big Stone South Dakota Grant 439,675 9 459 9
Prairie State Illinois Washington 412,634 10 437 10
Elm Road Wisconsin Milwaukee 327,685 16 395 11
AMP Ohio Meigs 325,864 17 392 12
Pee Dee/SC South Carolina Florence 365,555 13 387 13
Cross/Santee Cooper South Carolina Berkeley 365,555 14 387 14
Ely Nevada White Pine 394,054 11 364 15
Desert Rock New Mexico San Juan 366,937 12 339 16
White Pine Nevada White Pine 357,408 15 330 17
Cliffside North Carolina Rutherford 251,099 19 302 18
Trimble Kentucky Trimble 235,406 21 284 19
Big Cajun II - 4 Louisiana Pointe Coupee 221,281 23 267 20
Longview West Virginia Monongalia 218,143 24 263 21
Washington County Georgia Washington 236,503 20 251 22
Longleaf Georgia Early 271,449 18 251 23
Iatan 2 Missouri Platte 235,395 22 249 24
Seminole Florida Putnam 193,855 27 205 25
Norborne Missouri Carroll 193,080 28 205 26
Consumers Energy Michigan Bay 210,373 25 194 27
Intermountain 3 Utah Millard 204,718 26 189 28
Dominion Virginia Wise 173,472 31 184 29
Greene County Pennsylvania Greene 160,623 38 170 30
Sandy Creek Texas McClennan 180,966 29 167 31
Plum Point Arkansas Mississippi 180,966 30 167 32
Enviropower Illinois Franklin 152,315 40 161 33
Two Elk 2 Wyoming Campbell 169,656 32 157 34
Two Elk 1 Wyoming Campbell 169,656 33 157 35
Hugo 2 Oklahoma Choctaw 169,656 34 157 36
Great Lakes Michigan Gratiot 169,656 35 157 37
Elk Run/LS Power Iowa Black Hawk 169,656 36 157 38
Comanche 3 Colorado Pueblo 169,656 37 157 39
Mid-Michigan Michigan Midland 153,482 39 142 40
Nebraska City 2 Nebraska Otoe 149,297 41 138 41
Coleto Creek Texas Goliad 147,035 42 136 42
Shady Point 2 Oklahoma Le Flore 147,035 43 136 43
Marshalltown Iowa Marshall 143,099 44 132 44
Toquop Nevada Lincoln 136,810 45 126 45
Wolverine Michigan Presque Isle 135,725 46 125 46
Turk/Hempstead Arkansas Hempstead 135,725 47 125 47
Weston IV Wisconsin Marathon 117,085 48 108 48
Spurlock 4 Kentucky Mason 87,885 52 106 49
J. K. Smith Kentucky Clark 87,257 53 105 50
Nelson Creek Montana McCone 113,104 49 104 51
Spirit Wood North Dakota Stutsman 93,797 50 98 52
Big Cajun 1 Louisiana Pointe Coupee 73,133 59 88 53
Sithe Global Pennsylvania 83,081 55 88 54
River Hill Pennsylvania Clearfield 79,508 56 84 55
Springerville 4 Arizona Maricopa 90,483 51 84 56
Springfield Missouri Greene 76,157 57 81 57
Basin/Dry Fork Wyoming Campbell 87,090 54 80 58
Beech Hollow Pennsylvania Washington 75,326 58 80 59
Dallman 4 Illinois Sangamon 67,572 61 72 60
Alliant CFB Wisconsin Grant 67,862 60 63 61
Sevier Utah Sevier 61,076 62 56 62
Highwood Montana Cascade 56,552 63 52 63
Whelan EC II Nebraska Adams 49,766 64 46 64
Northampton Pennsylvania Northampton 31,737 65 34 65
Bonanza Utah Uintah 30,463 66 32 66
Greenbrier West Virginia Greenbrier 29,632 67 31 67
Wygen 3 Wyoming Campbell 22,621 68 21 68
Holland Michigan Ottawa 17,644 69 16 69
UM-Columbia Missouri Boone 11,077 70 12 70

For summary projections by state, click here.

Sources: Permit applications and news reports for new plants; Energy Information Administration data; NRDC estimates. The most recent data available from the EIA is from 2005 and it is possible that operational changes at particular plants will have changed the yearly waste volumes and disposal methods. Click here for detailed glossary of terms and our methodology.

* Plants with an * have been successfully challenged in the courts or in regulatory proceedings, or have experienced other regulatory or financial setbacks that have put the projects on hold. However, a plant should not be considered truly cancelled until all pending regulatory approvals have been withdrawn and the project has been categorically abandoned, and a plant will remain on the proposed list until NRDC can confirm that it has been cancelled in this manner.

** The Northampton plant is an existing plant that has applied to renew its operating permit. As a result, the plant is treated as both an existing plant, and a proposed plant.

last revised 3/16/2009

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