Bowen Power Plant, Georgia

Considered the ninth-largest coal-fired power plant in the country in net generation of electricity, generating 3.3 million kilowatts. In 1998, the Commission on Environmental Cooperation rated Bowen as the worst emitter of toxic chemicals (19.5 million pounds), among all U.S. power plants. Since then, however, Georgia Power has installed various environmental controls, including scrubbers and selective catalytic reduction systems, which have improved the plant's emission profile. Bowen is owned by the Georgia Power Company, which itself is owned by one the largest electrical utilities in the country, the Southern Company, based in Atlanta. About 427 of the approximately 7,000 power plants in the United States use coal.