Special Report

Companies Pumping the Most Greenhouse Gas Into the Atmosphere

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45. Prairie State Generating
> 2019 CO2 equivalent emissions: 12,737,155 metric tons
> Environmental justice, poor population share: 8% – #96 highest out of 100 corporations
> Environmental justice, minority population share: 7% – #97 highest
> Pct. of CO2 equivalent emissions from single facility: 100% – #1 highest
> Industrial sectors: Power plants, other

Prairie State Generating, of Marissa, Illinois, is a joint venture owned by a group of utilities. All of its CO2 emissions are generated from one plant, a coal-fired facility in southern Illinois that lawmakers are trying to close to meet clean energy goals.

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44. Pinnacle West Capital
> 2019 CO2 equivalent emissions: 12,945,950 metric tons
> Environmental justice, poor population share: 21% – #3 highest out of 100 corporations
> Environmental justice, minority population share: 69% – #10 highest
> Pct. of CO2 equivalent emissions from single facility: 68% – #22 highest
> Industrial sectors: Power plants, other

Pinnacle West Capital of Phoenix provides retail and wholesale electric services through its subsidiary, Arizona Public Service Co. Pinnacle’s Four Corners Steam Electric Station in Fruitland, New Mexico, is responsible for more than 68% of the company’s CO2 emissions. The company has paid nearly $4 million in environment-related offenses since 2000. Most of that was from violations at a Farmington, New Mexico, plant.

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43. Plant Scherer (single power plant)
> 2019 CO2 equivalent emissions: 13,764,419 metric tons
> Environmental justice, poor population share: 8% – #96 highest out of 100 corporations
> Environmental justice, minority population share: 24% – #81 highest
> Pct. of CO2 equivalent emissions from single facility: 100% – #1 highest
> Industrial sectors: Power plants

Plant Scherer’s facility in Juliette, Georgia, a 12,000-acre, coal-fired plant, is responsible for all of the company’s CO2 emissions.

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42. Colstrip Power Plant (single power plant)
> 2019 CO2 equivalent emissions: 14,277,559 metric tons
> Environmental justice, poor population share: 5% – #100 highest out of 100 corporations
> Environmental justice, minority population share: 31% – #72 highest
> Pct. of CO2 equivalent emissions from single facility: 100% – #1 highest
> Industrial sectors: Power plants

The Colstrip power plant in the town of Colstrip, Montana, is operated by Talen Montana, a subsidiary of Talen Energy, a privately owned power producer in Pennsylvania. Two of the four coal-fired units at the power station were shut down in 2020. The others are expected to operate until 2025.

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41. PBF Energy
> 2019 CO2 equivalent emissions: 14,654,623 metric tons
> Environmental justice, poor population share: 15% – #39 highest out of 100 corporations
> Environmental justice, minority population share: 65% – #18 highest
> Pct. of CO2 equivalent emissions from single facility: 25% – #61 highest
> Industrial sectors: Refineries, chemicals, power plants, petroleum and natural gas systems

Since 2000, Parsippany, New Jersey-based PBF Energy has been fined more than $32 million for environmental violations, including for water pollution and excessive flaring. Most of the violations involved PBF’s Delaware City Refinery.

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