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The Proposed Plant in Riesel Will Emit More Pollution than a Similar Plant in San Antonio

Comparing the draft permits for the Sandy Creek Energy Associates (SCEA) proposed coal-fired power plant in Riesel to the City Public Service proposed coal-fired power plant in San Antonio shows that the Riesel plant is allowed much more pollution.

 

In fact, the Sandy Creek facility would be allowed to emit:

  • 100 times as much sulfur pollution
  • 50 times as much nitrogen oxides (ozone forming pollution) and
  • nearly twice as much fine particulate matter as the San Antonio plant!

Pollutant

Health Impacts

CPS - San Antonio (tons per year)

Sandy Creek - Riesel (tons per year)

Tons from Sandy Creek per ton from CPS

SO2 (Sulfur dioxide)

Acid rain; 2 o particulate pollution harmful to human health

36

3,585

100

NOx (Nitrogen oxides)

Ozone forming pollution resulting in asthma and other respiratory problems

36

1,804

50

PM10 (fine particulate pollution)

Premature mortality; respiratory and cardiovascular effects including asthma attacks and heart attacks

787

1487

1.9

VOC

Ozone forming pollution; toxics 88 135 1.5 Lead Developmental toxicant

0.29

0.41

1.4

Mercury

Developmental toxicant; reduced IQ and developmental abnormalities

0.066 (130 lb)

0.075 (150 lb)

1.1

NOx and sulfur pollution after offsets

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