18 million tons of contaminated coal waste from new coal plants

Today NRDC is publishing new data on the contaminated coal waste that more than eighty proposed coal-fired power plants would create if built.

We are also publishing data on waste from existing coal plants, including our estimates of the toxic metals that are in that waste.

With the detailed spreadsheets, Google maps and Google Earth files, you can find out more about how much contaminated coal waste is in your community or state, and using Google Earth zoom in and get a close-up look of the power plants. The storage ponds used by many plants are easy to spot this way.


Press release

Main web page on coal waste, with all the data and maps

Google Earth file with all the data included