Heskett Station

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{{#badges: CoalSwarm}} R.M. Heskett Station is a 115.0-megawatt (MW) lignite coal-fired power station owned and operated by MDU Resources Group near Mandan, North Dakota.


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Plant Data

  • Owner: MDU Resources Group
  • Parent Company: MDU Resources Group
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 115.0 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: Unit 1: 40.0 MW (1954), Unit 2: 75.0 MW (1963)
  • Location: 400 North 4th St., Mandan, ND 58554
  • GPS Coordinates: 46.866894, -100.883989
  • Technology: Subcritical
  • Coal type: Lignite
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source: Beulah Mine (Westmoreland Coal)[1]
  • Number of Employees:
  • Unit Retirements: The coal plant is scheduled for retirement before December 2021

Plant Retirement

The coal plant is scheduled for retirement in 2021.[2]

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 682,083 tons
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions:
  • 2006 SO2 Emissions per MWh:
  • 2006 NOx Emissions:
  • 2005 Mercury Emissions:

Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Heskett 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.[3] The study found that over 13,000 deaths and tens of thousands of cases of chronic bronchitis, acute bronchitis, asthma-related episodes and asthma-related emergency room visits, congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, dysrhythmia, ischemic heart disease, chronic lung disease, peneumonia each year are attributable to fine particle pollution from U.S. coal-fired power plants. Fine particle pollution is formed from a combination of soot, acid droplets, and metals formed from sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and soot. Among those particles, the most dangerous are the smallest (smaller than 2.5 microns), 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. 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. The table below estimates the death and illness attributable to the Heskett Station. 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.[4]

Table 1: Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from the Widows Creek Fossil Plant

Type of Impact Annual Incidence Valuation
Deaths 8 $59,000,000
Heart attacks 140 $1,400,000
Asthma attacks 140 $7,000
Hospital admissions 6 $140,000
Chronic bronchitis 5 $2,200,000
Asthma ER visits 8 $3,000

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

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