Approximately half of electricity for Indiana-Michigan Power customers is generted by one of the most toxic coal-burning plants in the country.
A recent review of the Environmental Protection Agency's 2016 Toxic Release Inventory indicates that Indiana-Michigan Power's AEP Rockport Coal Plant is the second most toxic coal plant in Indiana and eighth most toxic coal plant in the country.
The Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) is a listing each year of toxins released by industrial sites. These toxins include chemicals that cause cancer or other chronic and severe human health problems or significant environmental damage, including lead, arsenic and damaging acids.
According to the 2014 TRI data, the AEP-Rockport coal-burning power plant released 5.9 million pounds of toxic pollution in 2014, making it the second most toxic power plant in Indiana and eighth largest toxic polluter among electric power plants nationwide.
The plant has now released more than 5 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Indiana’s air, land and water every year since 2005.
The Clean Air Task Force has also estimated that pollution from I&M’s AEP-Rockport coal-fired power plant contributes to an astounding 130 premature deaths, 200 heart attacks, and 2,200 asthma attacks every year