Mile 40.5 - 41 - The triple smokestacks from this electrical generating plant are visible for miles, especially
during the winter months. It has three coal-fired 190-MW units that were constructed in 1959, 1960, and 1962 and two 147-MW combustion turbines constructed in 1992.
Because it's coal powered, there is some opposition to it from the politically far left in Montgomery County. As Mirant, the people who keep it running, say:
"Perhaps the principal challenge for merchant generators that own coal-fired assets is grappling with the incessant investment required for environmental upgrades." If you're interested, you can read more here.
It might look like a lot of smoke but there are so many scrubbers and cleaners and so much flue gas desulfurization and selective catalytic reduction systems that there are very few pollutants. This was taken on a cold winter day and what you're seeing is mostly water vapor.