Coal, Emissions, Policy & Regulations

Fire causes two-hour evaculation at historic Capitol Power Plant

The 109-year-old coal-fired plant which supplies steam and chilled water for the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court and other federal buildings was evacuated for two hours Monday because of a “contained fire” within a cooling tower, according to the D.C. website Roll Call.

No one was hurt in the accident and the blaze was extinguished. Smoke, however, could be seen from the roo.

The Capitol Power Plant was built and put into operation in 1910. The approximately 5-MW small facility has been criticized in recent years for its carbon emissions.

To read more of the Roll Call story, click here.