Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) pollution is a major cause of asthma. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution causes breathing difficulties and pre-term births.
Covanta’s trash incinerator in Chester, PA is the largest source of nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution in the City of Chester. In all of Delaware County, it’s second only to the Philadelphia International Airport.
Of the 28 electric generating facilities in the 5-county Philadelphia area, Covanta is the largest NOx and the largest SO2 polluter, now that coal is no longer burned at the Exelon power plant in Eddystone, just north of Chester.
Of all 82 electric generating facilities in the eastern half of Pennsylvania, Covanta was the 4th largest NOx polluter in 2007, the 9th largest in 2009 and 2010 and the 6th largest in 2011. Four power plants closed or stopped burning coal since 2011, leaving only two coal plants and maybe a paper mill as the only dirtier sources of NOx pollution in all of eastern PA.
Once the Titus coal power plant in Berks County closes in April 2015, Covanta will be the 4th largest source of NOx pollution and 6th largest source of sulfur dioxide pollution from any electric generating plant in eastern Pennsylvania.
Largest Nitrogen Oxide-polluting electric generators in eastern half of Pennsylvania (2010):
|Facility||County||Fuel||NOx 2010||Status||Rank after April 2015|
|PPL Brunner Island||York||Coal||16,800||1|
|PPL Montour||Montour||Coal||6,817||1 of 3 units is considered expensive and ripe for retirement.||2|
|Exelon – Eddystone Generating Station||Delaware||Coal||3,814||Coal units closed in 2011-2012.|
|Sunbury Generation LP||Snyder||Coal||2,991||Plant closed in June 2014.|
|Portland||Northampton||Coal||2,699||Plant closed in June 2014.|
|P. H. Glatfelter Paper Mill||York||Coal/Biomass||2,303||3|
|Titus||Berks||Coal||1,379||Plant closing in April 2015.|
|Exelon – Cromby Generating Station||Chester||Coal||1,274||Closed in 2011.|
|Covanta – Delaware Valley Resource Recovery Facility||Delaware||Trash||1,263||4|
|PPL Martins Creek||Northampton||Coal||1,255|
|York County Resource Recovery||York||Trash||515|
|UGI – Hunlock Power Station||Luzerne||Coal||312||Converted from coal to gas in 2010-2011.|
|St Nicholas Cogen Project||Schuylkill||Waste Coal||222||Plant is considered expensive and ripe for retirement.|
Largest Sulfur Dioxide-polluting electric generators in eastern half of Pennsylvania (2010):
|Facility||County||Fuel||SO2 2010||Status||Rank after April 2015|
|Sunbury Generation LP||Snyder||Coal||30,787||Plant closed in June 2014.|
|Portland||Northampton||Coal||22,073||Plant closed in June 2014.|
|PPL Montour||Montour||Coal||19,141||1 of 3 units is considered expensive and ripe for retirement.||1|
|PPL Brunner Island||York||Coal||17,822||2|
|P. H. Glatfelter Paper Mill||York||Coal/Biomass||14,161||3|
|Titus||Berks||Coal||8,339||Plant closing in April 2015.|
|York County Resource Recovery||York||Trash||5,350||4|
|Exelon – Eddystone Generating Station||Delaware||Coal||4,934||Coal units closed in 2011-2012.|
|Exelon – Cromby Generating Station||Chester||Coal||2,125||Closed in 2011.|
|UGI – Hunlock Power Station||Luzerne||Coal||1,992||Converted from coal to gas in 2010-2011.|
|St Nicholas Cogen Project||Schuylkill||Waste Coal||1,723||Plant is considered expensive and ripe for retirement.||5|
|Covanta – Delaware Valley Resource Recovery Facility||Delaware||Trash||1,549||6|
|PPL Martins Creek||Northampton||Coal||508|