Toxic Power: How Power Plants Contaminate Our Air and States, a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council, uses publicly-available data to rank states and power plants based on 2010 air pollution levels as reported to the EPA’a Toxic Release Inventory.
Comparing emissions from the electric utilities sector to those from other sectors, the report reveals the top twenty states — the Toxic 20 — where residents are at a higher risk of numerous health problems just by breathing. The list includes many states from the southern and Midwestern regions in the United States, including North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.
Toxic Power: How Power Plants Contaminate Our Air and States (full report, pdf)
Pete Altman’s Blog: Which “Toxic 20” States Would Get Olympic Medals for Pollution?
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