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Hopewell Power Plant, Hopewell, Virginia

The Hopewell Power Plant, located in Hopewell, Virginia, is a power station that uses coal-fired steam to produce electricity. Construction on this power station began in 1987, and the plant came online in 1992. With its two coal-fired boilers, the Hopewell power plant has enough steam to produce 365 megawatts, and it also has auxiliary boilers to provide steam when the plant is not actively producing electricity.

Pollution from Burning Coal

While coal is an abundant natural resource utilized by over 600 power plants in the United States, burning this fossil fuel is associated with the release of many different pollutants into the environment. Some common pollutants from burning coal include:

  • Sulfur dioxide
  • Particulates
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Ozone
  • Nitrous oxide
  • Methane

Sadly, the Clean Air Task Force estimated that there are 24,000 deaths each year that are the result of health problems from burning coal.

Asbestos in Power Plants

However, pollutants from coal are not the only health concerns for people who live or work near power plants. In fact, many power plants utilize asbestos as a means of insulating the heat and flames as well as electricity. As the plant ages, the asbestos fibers can become friable, meaning that they can break off and become airborne.

From here, you can inhale or ingest the carcinogenic, microscopic fibers. They can become lodged in your lungs and digestive system, which can lead to the development of terrible cancers such as mesothelioma.

Talk to Your Doctor

If you have lived near or worked in a power plant, you may have been exposed to asbestos. To help you with your asbestos health concerns, you should talk to your doctor today.

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