Hutchings Station

From Global Energy Monitor

O.H. Hutchings Station was a coal-fired power station owned and operated by DPL near Miamisburg, Ohio.

In 2012 DPL said it is determining whether it will shut the plant down or retrofit it to run on natural gas, as it was not cost-effective to refit the plant with pollution-control devices to meet impending regulations by 2015.[1]

In May 2013 DPL said it plans to retire units 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 by June 2015, as the cost of converting the units from coal to gas exceeded the expected return. (The 63-MW coal-fired Unit 4 is already out of service due to damage and was retired in 2013).[2] The power station was shut down in October 2015.[3][4]

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Plant Data

  • Owner: Dayton Power & Light Company
  • Parent Company: DPL
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 414 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: 69 MW (1948), 69 MW (1949), 69 MW (1950), 69 MW (1951), 69 MW (1952), 69 MW (1953)
  • Location: 9200 Chautauqua Rd., Miamisburg, OH 45342
  • GPS Coordinates: 39.609038, -84.296445
  • Coal Consumption:
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  • Number of Employees:

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 749,487 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions:
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
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  • 2005 Mercury Emissions:

Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Hutchings Station

In 2010, Abt Associates issued a study commissioned by the Clean Air Task Force, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization, quantifying the deaths and other health effects attributable to fine particle pollution from coal-fired power plants.[5] Fine particle pollution consists of a complex mixture of soot, heavy metals, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides. Among these particles, the most dangerous are those less than 2.5 microns in diameter, which are so tiny that they can evade the lung's natural defenses, enter the bloodstream, and be transported to vital organs. Impacts are especially severe among the elderly, children, and those with respiratory disease. The study found that over 13,000 deaths and tens of thousands of cases of chronic bronchitis, acute bronchitis, asthma, congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, dysrhythmia, ischemic heart disease, chronic lung disease, and pneumonia each year are attributable to fine particle pollution from U.S. coal plant emissions. These deaths and illnesses are major examples of coal's external costs, i.e. uncompensated harms inflicted upon the public at large. Low-income and minority populations are disproportionately impacted as well, due to the tendency of companies to avoid locating power plants upwind of affluent communities. To monetize the health impact of fine particle pollution from each coal plant, Abt assigned a value of $7,300,000 to each 2010 mortality, based on a range of government and private studies. Valuations of illnesses ranged from $52 for an asthma episode to $440,000 for a case of chronic bronchitis.[6]

Table 1: Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from the Hutchings Station

Type of Impact Annual Incidence Valuation
Deaths 45 $330,000,000
Heart attacks 71 $7,700,000
Asthma attacks 740 $38,000
Hospital admissions 33 $770,000
Chronic bronchitis 27 $12,000,000
Asthma ER visits 44 $16,000

Source: "Find Your Risk from Power Plant Pollution," Clean Air Task Force interactive table, accessed February 2011

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