Destructive Restoration – Part 3, Coal
- Dec 15, 2020 4:24 pm GMT
Coal-burning power plants are worst offender when it comes to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. They also have other emissions that seriously worsen health effects (Sulphur Dioxide, Mercury, and other toxic metals). And then there is the coal ash, which contains contaminants like mercury, cadmium and arsenic. Coal ash is typically stored in ponds, which risk pollution of water tables and can destroy down-stream communities in the event of a dam-break.
Coal plants also are much less cost-effective than gas-fired plants (especially combined-cycle, which are also much cleaner), and many renewables. This is mainly due to the costs for coal-shipping, handling, and processing, and coal-ash storage.
Given the above, it is not surprising that many coal-fired plants are being decommissioned. This post is about the proper process for decommissioning these plants and related facilities.
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