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USA: Natural Resources Defense Council releases list of states with most toxic air pollution from coal-, oil-fired power plants

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20 July 2011

Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida Lead List of "Toxic 20" States with Most Toxic Air Pollution from Power Plants [USA]

Author: Natural Resources Defense Council [USA]

Residents of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida live in states with the most toxic air pollution from coal- and oil-fired power plants, according to an analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The study used publicly-available data in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). The analysis, entitled “Toxic Power: How Power Plants Contaminate Our Air and States” was jointly released today by NRDC and Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR). Among the key findings:
- Nearly half of all the toxic air pollution reported from industrial sources in the United States comes from coal- and oil-fired power plants.
- Power plants are the single largest industrial source of toxic air pollution in 28 states and the District of Columbia.

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1 July 2011

[PDF] Toxic Power: How Power Plants Contaminate Our Air and States

The electric sector is the largest source of industrial (stack) emissions of toxic air pollution in the United States. In 2009, coal- and oil-fired power plants accounted for nearly 50 percent of all reported toxic pollution from industrial sources...Exposure to toxic pollution from power plants, including hydrochloric acid, mercury, and other metals, is known or believed to contribute to or exacerbate a wide variety of health conditions, including one or more of the following: Asthma and other respiratory ailments, Developmental disorders, Neurological damage, Birth defects, Cancer, and Premature mortality. This report analyzes publicly available data from Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). [refers to PSEG (Public Service Enterprise Group), Constellation Energy, DPL, Southern Company, Exelon, GenOn, Progress Energy, AEP (American Electric Power), FirstEnergy, Duke Energy, Buckeye, Edison International, Corona Power, TECO Energy, Cogentrix, PPL, Dominion, Hoosier Energy, CMS Energy, Oglethorpe Power, Perennial Power, SCANA, Energy Future Holdings, Xcel, NRG, Suez Energy (part of GDF Suez), Empire District Electric, Great Plains Energy, Alliant Energy, Integrys Energy, Madison Gas & Electric, Indeck Energy, Ameren, MidAmerican Energy (part of Berkshire Hathaway), NextEra, AES, NiSource, Hoosier Energy, Wisconsin Energy]

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