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Cayuga Generating Station, Cayuga, Indiana

Cayuga Power Station is a coal-burning power plant near Cayuga, Indiana. With three power-generating units, it is capable of producing over 1,000 megawatts of electricity. Its first unit came online in 1970, and the plant continued expanding until 1993, when a gas-burning unit was added.

Duke Energy, the company that owns the Cayuga Power Plant, has made several attempts to reduce its environmental impact. For example, two of its units are equipped with scrubbers – technology that greatly reduces the sulfur dioxide emitted by coal-burning plants. In addition, the plant’s grounds include a 35-acre wetland area created in a joint project with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency. Unfortunately, environmentalists remain concerned about the plant’s impact.

Coal-Burning Plants and the Environment

Coal is generally not considered a “clean” source of energy. When it is burned, a variety of byproducts can be released into the air. One type of pollutant associated with coal is greenhouse gases. These gases – which include carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide – absorb heat and contribute to the global problem of climate change.

Another major pollutant associated with coal-burning plants is mercury. This is a heavy metal that can pollute soil, air, and water supplies. Additionally, when mercury is released into water, it can lead to higher mercury levels in fish. Exposure to high levels of mercury can cause birth defects and other health problems, especially among children.

Despite Duke Energy’s efforts to reduce the Cayuga Power Plant’s environmental impact, its emissions of greenhouse gases and mercury are still a concern. The Environmental Protection Agency has even brought legal action against this company for violations of the Clean Air Act. Unfortunately, progress in addressing these violations has been slow.

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