Power industry chemical emissions study (PISCES) is a broad based study conducted by EPRI in the USA with input from utilities in the USA and other parts of the world. It aims to define the source, distribution, composition and fate of toxics in power plant process and waste streams. Eskom is partaking in this project to develop knowledge of trace element emissions from the power stations which will provide Eskom with sufficient information to determine the concentration levels of toxic trace element emissions from the power stations. From this, the fate of these emissions and their impacts on the environment can be determined. This paper is a report on the first sampling project conducted in South Africa at one of Eskom's power stations. The total study will involve sampling at other power stations and a risk analysis of the fate of the toxic elements emitted. This total study will be completed in 1999.