Fort Churchill Generating Station

The Fort Churchill Generating Station is located in Yerington, Nevada and has the capacity to generate 226 megawatts of power. It uses natural gas for fuel and has two operating units. The first generating unit was built in 1968 and the second was built in 1971; both have a 113 megawatt capacity. The Fort Churchill Generating Station also has Babcock and Wilcox boilers which are used to make steam. The steam in turn is used to power the turbine generators and produce power. The Fort Churchill Generating Station has 30 employees, is owned and operated by NV Energy, and is known for its philanthropic and community centered efforts. Fort Churchill creates enough electricity to power about 135,000 homes in Nevada.  Should the flow of natural gas be interrupted, the power plant has the capability to temporarily switch to fuel oil as a power source.  The plant’s cooling pond is also used to support the local wetlands and is actually a popular location for recreational fishing, boasting populations of bass and other fish. Although some power plants were known for radiation spills and dangerous gas emissions, many were also responsible for exposing workers to dangerous toxins while on the job. Unfortunately, many industries, including the power station industry, used inexpensive mineral called asbestos in equipment and construction material. Asbestos was well known as a heat retardant and because of its ready availability it was widely used around the United States. However, today asbestos is recognized as a dangers carcinogen. When asbestos fibers are separated from the material that contains them, they float through the air undetected by workers and others. These fibers are then inhaled or ingested and once they reach the lungs, stomach, or heart, they lodge in the lining. Over an extended period of time, asbestos fibers cause scarring of organ tissue. The damaged cells may become malignant, causing mesothelioma. Though regulations against the commercial use of asbestos have now been passed, many buildings, including power stations and the equipment used in them, may have or may still contain the carcinogen. Even traces of asbestos can lead to the inhalation or ingestion of its fibers and consequently can result in Mesothelioma. References: NV Energy