Canaday Station, Lexington, Nebraska
Canaday Station is a natural gas-fueled power station located southeast of Lexington, Nebraska. It was constructed in 1958 by Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation, but in 1995 the plant was purchased by Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD). After it was purchased, the plant was inactive for several years while NPPD determine how it would be used.
NPPD currently uses the plant in three ways: it provides supplemental electricity during peak hours of electricity use, it is used as a backup plant during emergencies or when other plants are being maintained, and it generates excess electricity that NPPD sells to clients. It is one of the oldest plants still in use in the US.
Changes at the Plant
Since it was first constructed, the Canaday Power Plant has gone through a number of changes to increase its efficiency and to reduce its environmental impact. These changes began in the 1970’s, when the plant was automated to reduce the number of workers needed onsite. Today, although the plant still requires some employees, much of it is controlled by automated machines and computers.
The plant has also been updated over the years to comply with the standards of the Environmental Protection Agency. Its emissions are carefully monitored to ensure that excess pollutants such as carbon dioxide are not being released into the air. The water discharged by the plant is also carefully monitored for pollutants and excessively hot temperatures.
Unfortunately, even with modern updates, older plants can still pose health risks. For example, some building materials that were once common are now known to be very dangerous to workers’ health. A primary example of this is asbestos, which has been linked to painful lung conditions such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. If you have worked in a power plant constructed before 1987, it is important to be informed about this potential threat to your health.