Every year the Riverbend Steam Station is responsible for:
22 Heart Attacks
260 Asthma Attacks
What you need to know about coal and the Riverbend Steam Station
The Riverbend Steam Station is a relic of the past. This plant first came online in 1929, the same year that the Great Depression started1. Though upgraded in the 1950s, its coal boilers are an average of 56 years old. This plant operates only 25% of the time and is not needed to keep the lights on in North Carolina (Ventyx Energy Database 2011).
Instead, it is responsible for premature deaths, heart attacks, hospital visits, asthma and other respiratory problems. As it is not fitted with modern pollution controls, this plant continues to emit a deadly brew of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and mercury. Two of the plant’s coal ash impoundments have been rated as high hazards by the EPA, meaning that a dam failure would most likely cause loss of human life2.” Continuing to operate this plant is an unacceptable risk to the communities near it and the environment. It’s time to shut it down. Click here to find out more about this plant...
“I want more soler power,” wrote Maya. Maya is 6 and three quarters, and while she’s still working on her spelling, she is already old enough to understand the difference between Duke Energy NC’s coal-fired power and the energy she and her family need in the 21st century
Maya has plenty of reason to be concerned about where her electricity comes from.