Coal-fired power is an unhealthy energy choice for Maryland and Virginia
Chesapeake PSR joined legal challenges against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under administrator Scott Pruitt on coal-fired power plant waste that pollutes waterways and the Trump administration's failure to protect Maryland from upwind air pollution. (For more, see blog posts, below.)
Coal-fired power plants are one of the largest sources of air pollution in Maryland and Virginia. The pollution from these plants damages cardiovascular and respiratory health and threatens healthy development of children. Maryland and Virginia coal-fired power plants produce toxic pollution, nitrogen oxide compounds (NOx), sulfur dioxides (SO2), fine particulate matter, and carbon dioxide, all of which cause significant health problems in Maryland and Virginia, particularly in the most vulnerable populations. Both states' residents bear the true cost of coal in negative health outcomes and economic harm.
Chesapeake PSR supports efforts to reduce coal-fired power and to increase clean, healthy renewable energy in Maryland in Virginia.
In 2015, coal accounted for 38 percent of Maryland's energy production, while solar and wind together accounted for only one percent. In Virginia, coal accounted for about 20 percent of Virginia's energy production, while it has no wind and little solar production. Maryland's and Virginia's coal-fired power plants are responsible for a large portion of the state's toxic air, NOx and SO2 emissions.
Read more about how coal-fired power harms human health.
Virginia's DEQ is proposing new regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from electric power plants. It's a step in the right direction, says the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
Why rising CO2 levels matter: the big climate change picture. Maryland's seven coal-fired power plants emitted 20 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2014. Why that matters to health and environment.
Virginia health professionals urged the DEQ to write regulations to reduce coal-fired power plant CO2 emissions and allow Virginia to join a multi-state carbon reduction program such as RGGI.
Chesapeake PSR and groups filed a notice of intent to sue the EPA over coal-fired power plant pollution from five upwind states.
Chesapeake PSR testified at a public hearing in opposition to EPA's attempt to roll back protections from toxic waste water discharges from coal power plants. Chesapeake PSR and other groups are suing EPA over its effort to weaken these standards.
Chesapeake PSR joined a second lawsuit against the EPA for its failure to timely respond to our petition requesting that EPA object to the proposed air pollution permit issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment for the Fort Smallwood coal-fired power complex.
Chesapeake PSR joined other environmental and health groups in a lawsuit to prevent Scott Pruitt's EPA from unlawfully rolling back important health protections for our nation's waterways from toxic water waste from US coal power plants.