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Martin Lake Power Plant
Photo by Tammy Cromer-Campbell

 

Join us in moving Texas to a cleaner, brighter energy future!

The corporate owner of some of the dirtiest coal plants in the country owns TXU Energy. Those coal plants are outdated, lack modern pollution controls, and their own reports to the state show that they emit a quarter of Texas' major industrial air pollution. That's 25% of the pollution in a state with over 1500 major factories and power plants. (a)

The Wall Street owners of TXU Energy and the dirty coal plants are called Energy Future Holdings (EFH). They bought out the former TXU Corporation in 2007 and took the company private. Studies demonstrate that emissions from dirty power plants in east and central Texas contribute to the orange and red ozone alert days in places like the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area and the Tyler/Longview area in east Texas, and the EFH power plants rank #1, 4, 8, and 21 in terms of ozone-causing NOx emissions across Texas (b) (c) (d). One of the plants affiliated with TXU Energy, the Martin Lake coal plant, is the largest source of toxic mercury air pollution in the entire country (e). The FDA warns women to avoid eating certain fish because of the harm that mercury contamination can have on the developing child (f).

Do the responsible thing and switch your home, church, or business to a power company where your monthly electric payment doesn't support the Wall Street owner of coal plants like Martin Lake. Make the switch to another electric provider. Move Beyond TXU.

For the latest information on all Texas energy provider plans, go to www.powertochoose.org; you can use the search option to identify non-TXU Energy plans, including many 100% renewable energy options. The website, run by the Texas Public Utility Commission, has helpful information about your rights as a consumer and on how to switch your electric provider, including any transfer fees that might apply, and it will show you the most competitive rates available to help you and your family save money.


More Information:

(a) Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Point Source Emissions Inventory. 2011 Annual Report. Emissions of pollutants such as PM2.5, NOx, CO, and SO2. http://www.tceq.texas.gov/airquality/point-source-ei/psei.html

(b) DFW APCA Run for 2009 with East Texas EGU Controls. ENVIRON. Edward Tai and Greg Yarwood. June 22, 2006, pp. 7, 8, 9.

(c) ENVIRON International Corporation.  Ozone Benefits in DFW from Emission Controls in the 2009 and 2012 Future Years. Work Order No. 65563-06-12. Edward Tai and Greg Yarwood. September 2006. For example, see pp. 4-114, 4-129, 4-130, 4-131, and 4-133. http://m.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/implementation/air/am/docs/dfw/sip-bibliography/2006_Tai_Ozone_Benefits_in_DFW_From_EmissionControls_WO12_Sept2006.pdf

(d) ENVIRON International Corporation. Conceptual Model of Ozone Formation in the Tyler-Longview-Marshall Near NonAttainment Area. 2012 Update. November 2012. 06-26410A. http://etcog.sitestreet.com/UserFiles/File/NETAC/ConfCall/ConceptMod_Update_Report_Final_111912.pdf

(e) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Toxic Release Inventory. Point source air emissions for mercury and mercury compounds. 2011 Update. http://iaspub.epa.gov/triexplorer/tri_release.facility

(f) U.S. Food and Drug Administration. What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish - Advice for Women Who Might Become Pregnant, Women Who are Pregnant, Nursing Mothers, Young Children. March 2004. http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm110591.htm ; http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/fishshellfish/fishadvisories/technical.cfm