Thermo Mine is owned and operated by Luminant Mining, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings Corp., and is located near Thermo, Texas, three miles southeast of Sulphur Springs, Texas. It is also known as the Sulphur Springs Strip Mine. The mine began operations in 1978.
It was announced on September 12, 2011 that Texas based coal plant Monticello Units 1 and 2 would be idled in January 2012 if Energy Future Holdings, owner of Luminant, failed in its legal challenge to pending federal air pollution rules. It was also reported that the company would close both its Thermo Mine and Winfield South Mine at the same time. The company stated it would switch its coal source to Powder River Basin coal.
- MSHA ID: 4102776
- Owner: Luminant Mining
- Parent company: Energy Future Holdings Corp.
- Location: Winfield, Texas
- Union: IBEW
- GPS coordinates: 33.092189, -95.538483
- Production: 2.1 million short tons
- Type of coal: Lignite
- Mine type: Surface
- Equipment: Highwall, Truck and Shovel
- Number of employees: 119
Sulphur Springs Strip Mine
2309 Sulphur Springs
Winfield, TX 75493
Phone: (903) 439-1411
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- "Fatal Fall of Highwall" Mine Safety & Health Administration Website, January 12, 2008
- "Energy Future Holdings threatens plant closures" Dallas Business Journal, September 12, 2011.
- "Texas Utility to Idle Boilers, Coal Mines in Response to New EPA Rule" Gabriel Nelson, New York Times, September 12, 2001.
- "Major U.S. Coal Mines," Energy Information Administration