I&M intends to spend billions of customers’ dollars to keep burning coal at its AEP Rockport Coal Plant.
People of faith across Indiana, especially in the cities of and areas near South Bend, Elkhart, Fort Wayne, and Muncie, are deeply alarmed about Indiana Michigan Power's (I&M) AEP Rockport Coal Plant. This enormous coal plant is polluting our environment, ruining our climate, harming public health, and siphoning billions of dollars out of the local economy.
Approximately Half of Electricity for Indiana-Michigan Power customers Comes From One of the Most Toxic Coal Plants in the Country.
A recent study shows that the AEP Rockport Coal Plant is the second most toxic coal plant in Indiana, and eighth most toxic coal plant in the country. The study was a review of the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), 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.