Miami Fort Station

From Global Energy Monitor

Miami Fort Station is a 1,114.8-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station owned and operated by Vistra Energy near North Bend, Ohio.


The undated satellite photo below shows the power station in North Bend.

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Plant Data

  • Owner: Vistra Energy Miami Fort
  • Parent Company: Vistra Energy
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 1,378.0 MW
  • Units and In-Service Dates: Unit 5: 100.0 MW (1949), Unit 6: 163.2 MW (1960), Unit 7: 557.1 MW (1975), Unit 8: 557.7 MW (1978)
  • Location: 10800 Brower Rd., North Bend, OH 45052
  • GPS Coordinates: 39.114243, -84.802948
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source:
  • Number of Employees: Unit 5 retired in 2008, Unit 6 retired in 2015, Units 7 and 8 will retire before the end of 2027.[1]

Unit Retirement

Unit 5 of the power station was retired in 2008.[2] In August 2011, Duke Energy announced that the Miami Fort coal plant will shut down one of the remaining three coal boilers on January 1, 2015. Boiler 6 came online in 1960 and has no pollution controls (scrubbers), and Duke said it would be more economic to shut the boiler down than retrofit it for impending environmental regulations.[3]

In September 2020, Vistra Energy said the remaining operating units of the power station, units 7-8, will retire by the end of 2027.[4]

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 7,694,156 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions: 62,028 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
  • 2006 NOx Emissions: 12,798 tons
  • 2005 Mercury Emissions: 321 lb.

Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Miami Fort 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 Miami Fort Station

Type of Impact Annual Incidence Valuation
Deaths 60 $440,000,000
Heart attacks 93 $10,000,000
Asthma attacks 980 $51,000
Hospital admissions 43 $1,000,000
Chronic bronchitis 36 $16,000,000
Asthma ER visits 58 $22,000

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

Coal Waste Sites

Articles and Resources


  1. "Vistra to retire 6.8 GW coal, blaming 'irreparably dysfunctional MISO market", September 30, 2020
  2. EIA 860M, US EIA, July 2020
  3. "Duke announces closure of polluting coal boiler at Miami Fort Station," Greenpeace, Aug. 9, 2011.
  4. "Sierra Club Calls for State Transition Planning as Vistra Announces Coal Retirements in Illinois, Ohio". Sierra Club. 2020-09-29. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  5. "The Toll from Coal: An Updated Assessment of Death and Disease from America's Dirtiest Energy Source," Clean Air Task Force, September 2010.
  6. "Technical Support Document for the Powerplant Impact Estimator Software Tool," Prepared for the Clean Air Task Force by Abt Associates, July 2010

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