The recently purchased Red Oak power plant in Sayreville was named one of the five worst polluting power plants in the state, according to a recently released report from the Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center.
Red Oak power plant, which is in the process of being purchased by the Carlyle Group LP, puts out 1,927,460 metric tons of carbon pollution each year.
The other four heavy polluting plants are: PSEG’s Bergen Generating Station, PSEG’s Linden Generating Station, PSEG’s Hudson Generating Station, and Cogen Technologies’ Linden Cogen Plant.
"America’s dirtiest power plants are the elephant in the room when it comes to global warming," said Dan DeRosa, field organizer for Environment New Jersey, in a release. "If we want a cleaner, safer future for our kids, we can’t afford to ignore power plants’ overwhelming contribution to global warming."
According to the report, the five most polluting power plants in New Jersey represent 65 percent of power plant emissions, but only 35 percent of the energy generated.