Every year the Homer City Generating Station is responsible for:
72 Heart Attacks
660 Asthma Attacks
What you need to know about coal and the Homer City Generating Station
The Homer City Generating Station is located outside Pittsburgh, PA, is one of the dirtiest coal plants in the country.1 The sulfur dioxide emitted by the plant causes respiratory health problems and acid rain.2 Homer City is also one of the country’s top emitters of global warming pollution.
According to the Clean Air Task force, pollution from Homer City causes 43 premature deaths every year. That’s more than one person a week who dies because of pollution from this plant. The plant is owned by California-based Edison International, who is currently facing a joint lawsuit from the Federal government and Attorneys General in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey for violations of the Clean Air Act.3 New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman criticized Edison for its negligence at Homer City, saying, "The owners of this power plant have repeatedly thumbed their noses at clean-air laws.”2
For years, people in Chicago have been working to shut down the two coal fired-power plants in their city. These two plants, some of the oldest in the country, are owned and operated by a subsidiary of Edison International, a large power company based in Southern California.