Stuart Generating Station

From Global Energy Monitor

J.M. Stuart Generating Station was a coal-fired power station owned and operated by DPL near Aberdeen, Ohio.

The coal plant was retired in 2018.

Loading map...


In January 2017 an explosion at unit 1 injured six people.[1] The power station had to be temporarily shut down while plant owner DP&L investigated and assessed the explosion.[2] That month the Sierra Club announced it had reached a deal with DPL to retire the Stuart Generating Station and Killen Generating Station in June 2018, due to economic and environmental challenges.[3]

After the explosion the power station began testing in February 2017.[4] In April 2017 DPL determined the damage from unit 1 was significant enough to keep it from returning to service.[5] In March 2017 it was confirmed that units 2-4 would close in June 2018.[6] The three remaining units were retired on June 1, 2018.[7]

Plant Data

  • Owner: Dayton Power & Light Company
  • Parent Company: DPL
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 2,441 MW
  • Units and In-Service Dates: 610 MW (1970), 610 MW (1971), 610 MW (1972), 610 MW (1974)
  • Location: 745 U.S. 52, Aberdeen, OH 45101
  • GPS Coordinates: 38.638611, -83.69472
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source:
  • Number of Employees:

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 13,710,853 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions: 103,649 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
  • 2006 NOx Emissions: 25,519 tons
  • 2005 Mercury Emissions: 790 lb.

Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Stuart Generating 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.[8] 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.[9]

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

Type of Impact Annual Incidence Valuation
Deaths 64 $460,000,000
Heart attacks 98 $11,000,000
Asthma attacks 1,000 $52,000
Hospital admissions 47 $1,100,000
Chronic bronchitis 38 $17,000,000
Asthma ER visits 54 $20,000

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

Coal Waste Sites

Stuart ranked 11th on list of most polluting power plants in terms of coal waste

In January 2009, Sue Sturgis of the Institute of Southern Studies compiled a list of the 100 most polluting coal plants in the United States in terms of coal combustion waste (CCW) stored in surface impoundments like the one involved in the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant coal ash spill.[10] The data came from the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) for 2006, the most recent year available.[11]

Stuart Generating Station ranked number 11 on the list, with 2,456,637 pounds of coal combustion waste released to surface impoundments in 2006.[10]

Articles and Resources


  1. "Explosion Injures Six at Ohio’s Stuart Station," Power Engineering, Jan 11, 2017
  2. Griffin, Dan (January 10, 2017). "6 injured in explosion at Adams County plant; plant closed for 'thorough investigation'". WLWT-TV. Retrieved February 20, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. "DP&L Agrees to Invest in Clean Energy; Signaling Agreement to Retire Stuart and Killen Coal Plants," Sierra Club, Jan 30, 2017
  4. Mitchell, Wendy (February 14, 2017). "Restart testing beginning at damaged power plant". The Ledger Independent. Retrieved February 20, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. Personal communication with Sierra Club, June 6, 2017
  6. Mitchell, Wendy (March 20, 2017). "DP&L determined to close J.M. Stuart and Killen power plants". The Ledger Independent. Retrieved December 10, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  7. "DPL retires Stuart, Killen Station power plants," Kallanish Energy, June 4, 2018
  8. "The Toll from Coal: An Updated Assessment of Death and Disease from America's Dirtiest Energy Source," Clean Air Task Force, September 2010.
  9. "Technical Support Document for the Powerplant Impact Estimator Software Tool," Prepared for the Clean Air Task Force by Abt Associates, July 2010
  10. 10.0 10.1 Sue Sturgis, "Coal's ticking timebomb: Could disaster strike a coal ash dump near you?," Institute for Southern Studies, January 4, 2009.
  11. TRI Explorer, EPA, accessed January 2009.

Related SourceWatch Articles

External Articles

This article is a stub. You can help by expanding it.