Pennsylvania Power and Light

Pennsylvania Power and Light, now known as PPL, was established in 1920 via the merger of eight small power companies. With headquarters in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the company controls approximates 19,000 megawatts of power worldwide, and delivers electricity to almost one and a half million customers in Pennsylvania, close to a million in Kentucky, and, though a Welsh subsidiary, Western Power Distribution, over two and a half million in Great Britain. PPL also holds large stakes in power companies in South and Central America. PPL operates coal, oil, hydroelectric, and natural gas plants, as well as the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, a nuclear plant in northeast Pennsylvania. The company’s coal plants originally burned anthracite coal from Pennsylvania, but during the 1960s, as the supply was depleted, began the transition to bituminous coal from the western United States, mostly Montana. In the late 1960s the company began to close down its older, anthracite-burning plants. In the 1970s, PPL built its first non-coal burning plants, as well as beginning construction on the Susquehanna Nuclear plant, which went into operation in 1983. PPL Brunner Island, located in York Haven, has a 1,490-megawatt capacity. It began operation in 1961. Martins Creek, located in Bangor, has a 1,690-megawatt generating capacity, beginning its operations in 1974. Conemaugh Steam Electric Station, located near Johnstown, produces 1,711 megawatt and began operation 1970. Keystone Steam Electric Station, located 40 miles northwest of Johnstown, can produce 1,710 megawatts. It began operation in 1967. In addition to their Pennsylvania plants, PPL owns a large stake in two coal plants in Montana: J.E. Corette, which began operation in1968, and Colstrip, which began operation in 1975. The company also operates 11 hydroelectric plants in the state. In addition to their coal plants, PPL owns a number of natural gas facilities in Pennsylvania, including PPL Martins Creek, which operates 23 combustion turbines on nine separate sights in central and eastern Pennsylvania. Additionally, the company owns the Lower Mount Bethel Energy Plant, located near Easton, with a generating capacity of 623 megawatts. With such an extensive list of facilities and power generating sites, Pennsylvania Power and Light’s risk of exposing employees to plant dangers remains high. This is especially true of older plants that were not constructed with the strict guidelines we see today. One material, in particular, that puts employees of older facilities at risk is asbestos, an insulator used heavily in past industry. Despite its value as a shielding material, it leads to numerous illnesses when damaged, including mesothelioma asbestosis and lung cancer. Worse still, mesothelioma can lie dormant for up to five decades, impacting individuals long after initial exposure. Reference: Pennsylvania Power and Light Corporation