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This table lists key information for the top 100 U.S. coal plants, ranked by volume of coal waste generated in 2005.

Rank State Plant Owner/ Operator County Tons of Waste Predominant Disposal Method in 2005 Tons of Toxic Metals
1 Pennsylvania Seward (RRI) Reliant Energy Inc Indiana 2,876,000 100% sold 158
2 Texas Martin Lake TXU Generation Co LP Rusk 2,540,700 61% landfilled 1,903
3 New Mexico Four Corners (AZPS) Arizona Public Service Co San Juan 2,167,400 45% disposed off-site 438
4 Indiana Gibson (PSI) Duke Indiana Inc Gibson 1,862,800 52% landfilled 1,274
5 Texas Limestone (TEGE) NRG Energy Limestone 1,851,500 73% landfilled 1,145
6 Tennessee Cumberland (TVA) Tennessee Valley Authority Stewart 1,645,520 83% sold 894
7 Pennsylvania Mansfield (FIRGEN) FirstEnergy Generation Corp Beaver 1,582,400 66% disposed in ponds 829
8 Texas Pirkey Southwestern Electric Power Co Harrison 1,499,400 87% landfilled 561
9 Texas Monticello (TXUGEN) TXU Generation Co LP Titus 1,455,900 66% landfilled 1,076
10 West Virginia Harrison Power Station Allegheny Energy Supply Co LLC Harrison 1,453,200 74% landfilled 728
11 Washington Transalta Centralia Generation (TRAENE) TransAlta Energy Corp Lewis 1,405,220 62% sold 279
12 New Mexico San Juan (PNM) Public Service Co of NM San Juan 1,317,000 82% disposed off-site 372
13 Texas San Miguel (SMIG) San Miguel Electric Coop Inc Atascosa 1,282,100 100% disposed off-site 308
14 Pennsylvania Conemaugh Reliant Energy Inc Indiana 1,265,200 59% sold 584
15 Kentucky Mill Creek (LGEC) Louisville Gas & Electric Co Jefferson 1,236,800 59% disposed off-site 594
16 Indiana AES Petersburg (IP&L) Indianapolis Power & Light Co Pike 1,195,300 58% disposed off-site 655
17 West Virginia Mount Storm (VIEP) Dominion Virginia Power Grant 1,145,000 55% landfilled 563
18 Ohio Conesville Columbus Southern Power Co Coshocton 1,118,400 44% ponds 555
19 Ohio W H Zimmer Duke Ohio Inc Clermont 1,111,000 62% sold 444
20 North Dakota Coal Creek Great River Energy McLean 1,109,400 38% sold 1,062
21 Kentucky Ghent Kentucky Utilities Co Carroll 1,070,800 59% disposed in ponds 631
22 Pennsylvania Homer City Station Edison Mission Energy Indiana 1,048,200 67% landfilled 741
23 Kentucky Paradise (TVA) Tennessee Valley Authority Muhlenberg 1,011,600 55% disposed in ponds 685
24 Florida Big Bend Tampa Electric Co Hillsborough 992,700 79% sold
25 Wyoming Jim Bridger PacifiCorp-Rocky Mtn Sweetwater 990,000 44% sold 471
26 Georgia Bowen Georgia Power Co Bartow 989,500 69% sold 1,221
27 Montana Colstrip PPL Generation LLC Rosebud 987,200 98% disposed in ponds 326
28 Alabama Widows Creek Tennessee Valley Authority Jackson 955,500 89% disposed in ponds 611
29 Minnesota Sherburne County Northern States Power Co Sherburne 939,500 53% disposed in ponds 505
30 Indiana Merom Hoosier Energy R E C Inc Sullivan 939,300 100% landfilled 406
31 Florida Seminole Generating Station Seminole Electric Coop, Inc Putnam 912,000 72% sold 493
32 Texas Sandow 4 & 5 TXU Generation Co LP Milam 907,800 46% landfilled 546
33 West Virginia John E Amos Appalachian Power Co Putnam 906,500 48% landfilled 1,056
34 New York Roseton Generating Station Dynegy Inc Orange 900,000 100% disposed on-site
35 Arizona Navajo (SRP) Salt River Project Coconino 876,250 57% sold 933
36 Maine Somerset Plant Sappi North America Somerset 843,700 100% landfilled
37 Indiana R M Schahfer Northern Indiana Pub Serv Co Jasper 825,400 72% sold 439
38 Ohio J M Stuart (DP&L) Dayton Power & Light Co Adams 818,100 80% disposed in ponds 819
39 Utah Intermountain Power Project Los Angeles City of Millard 801,200 62% disposed on-site 808
40 Florida Crystal River Progress Energy Florida Citrus 777,100 93% sold 789
41 West Virginia Pleasants Power Station Allegheny Energy Supply Co LLC Pleasants 775,700 62% sold 600
42 Louisiana Dolet Hills CLECO Power LLC De Soto 770,300 88% landfilled 231
43 Georgia Scherer Georgia Power Co Monroe 740,700 64% disposed in ponds 786
44 North Carolina Belews Creek Duke Carolinas LLC Stokes 727,600 58% sold 373
45 Ohio General James M Gavin Ohio Power Co Gallia 718,900 81% disposed on-site 843
46 Arizona Springerville Tucson Electric Power Co Apache 701,980 100% landfilled 272
47 Texas W A Parish NRG Energy Fort Bend 689,000 58% sold 634
48 North Carolina Roxboro Progress Energy Carolinas Person 683,300 51% landfilled 792
49 Illinois Marion (SIPC) Southern Illinois Power Coop Williamson 680,700 74% disposed off-site 133
50 Mississippi Red Hills Generating Facility Choctaw Generating LP Choctaw 672,300 63% disposed in landfills 377
51 North Dakota Antelope Valley Basin Electric Power Coop-East Mercer 670,200 100% disposed in landfills 796
52 North Carolina Marshall (DUPC) Duke Carolinas LLC Catawba 665,600 81% disposed on-site 155
53 Texas Big Brown TXU Generation Co LP Freestone 655,900 51% landfilled 722
54 Utah Hunter PacifiCorp-Rocky Mtn Emery 653,000 91% landfilled 549
55 Kentucky D B Wilson (WKEC) Western Kentucky Energy Corp Ohio 644,400 100% landfilled 75
56 Ohio W H Sammis FirstEnergy Generation Corp Jefferson 638,900 81% disposed off-site 658
57 Florida St Johns River Power Park JEA Duval 637,600 70% sold 510
58 Florida Stanton Energy Center I Orlando Utilities Comm Orange 631,100 61% landfilled 319
59 Kentucky Cane Run Louisville Gas & Electric Co Jefferson 630,200 93% landfilled 164
60 Arizona Cholla Arizona Public Service Co Navajo 622,000 52% sold 256
61 Indiana Rockport Indiana Michigan Power Co Spencer 620,000 64% landfilled 507
62 Michigan Monroe (DETED) Detroit Edison Co Monroe 603,000 80% disposed in ponds 838
63 Illinois Archer Daniels Midland Decatur (ADM) Archer Daniels Midland Co Macon 589,000 74% disposed off-site 173
64 Kentucky H L Spurlock East Kentucky Power Coop Inc Mason 582,900 93% landfilled 435
65 South Carolina Cross South Carolina Pub Serv Auth Berkeley 568,100 80% sold 683
66 New York PSEG Albany Generating Station PSEG Fossil Albany 564,000 100% disposed off-site
67 Pennsylvania Keystone (RRI) Reliant Energy Inc Armstrong 562,900 100% landfilled 501
68 Missouri Labadie AmerenUE Franklin 559,000 47% sold 573
69 Ohio Cardinal Cardinal Operating Co Jefferson 558,700 88% disposed in ponds 518
70 Georgia Wansley Georgia Power Co Heard 544,100 99% disposed in ponds 627
71 Alabama E C Gaston (ALAP) Alabama Power Co Shelby 531,600 70% landfilled 485
72 Indiana Harding Street Indianapolis Power & Light Co Marion 516,100 64% disposed on-site 217
73 Kentucky R D Green Western Kentucky Energy Corp Webster 513,000 96% landfilled 143
74 New York AES Somerset LLC AES NUGs Niagara 509,870 94% landfilled 273
75 Kansas La Cygne Kansas City Power & Light Co Linn 509,800 55% landfilled 365
76 Wyoming Laramie River Station Basin Electric Power Coop-East 493,300 73% landfilled 372
77 Indiana Tanners Creek Indiana Michigan Power Co Dearborn 491,300 49% on-site 282
78 Kansas Jeffrey Energy Center Westar Energy Pottawatomie 486,200 62% sold 529
79 Virginia Clover Dominion Virginia Power Halifax 485,200 100% landfilled 402
80 West Virginia Mountaineer Appalachian Power Co Mason 481,000 91% landfilled 469
81 Ohio Muskingum River Ohio Power Co Washington 480,600 59% disposed on-site 452
82 Utah Huntington PacifiCorp-Rocky Mtn Emery 478,000 100% landfilled 390
83 Maryland Brandon Shores Constellation Energy Commodities Group Anne Arundel 464,000 74% sold 491
84 Kentucky East Bend Duke Energy Kentucky Inc Boone 463,700 63% disposed on-site 184
85 Kentucky Trimble County (LGEC) Louisville Gas & Electric Co Trimble 462,400 60% sold 207
86 North Carolina G G Allen (DUPC) Duke Carolinas LLC Gaston 459,300 54% disposed on-site 370
87 Texas Twin Oaks Power One PNM Altura Robertson 456,000 51% sold 285
88 Florida Northside Generating Station JEA Duval 455,700 68% landfilled 31
89 West Virginia Mitchell (OPC) Ohio Power Co Marshall 453,200 68% disposed in ponds 430
90 Texas Fayette Power Project (LCRA) Lower Colorado River Authority Fayette 437,200 90% sold 275
91 Pennsylvania Northampton Generating Company US Operating Services Company Northampton 437,000 70% disposed off-site 41
92 Pennsylvania PPL Montour PPL Generation LLC Montour 436,700 100% sold 398
93 Georgia Harllee Branch Georgia Power Co Putnam 435,300 96% disposed in ponds 545
94 Kentucky Shawnee (TVA) Tennessee Valley Authority McCracken 432,400 86% landfilled 499
95 Nevada Mohave Southern California Edison Co Clark 427,900 65% sold
96 Maryland AES Warrior Run Cogeneration Facility (AES Warrior Run Inc.) AES NUGs Allegany 423,240 89% disposed off-site 83
97 Oklahoma AES Shady Point Inc. AES NUGs Leflore 422,400 100% disposed off-site 124
98 Pennsylvania Colver Power Project Inter-Power/AhlCon Partners, L.P. Cambria 421,600 94% disposed on-iste 40
99 Colorado Craig (TSGT) Tri-State G & T Assn Inc Moffat 417,700 99% disposed off-site 322
100 Tennessee Kingston Tennessee Valley Authority Roane 408,000 80% landfilled 475

For a summary of coal waste from existing plants by state, click here. To download more data in Excel, including detailed plant-level information for both existing and proposed plants, click here.

last revised 3/12/2009

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