Chesapeake PSR

Coal-Fired Power


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.