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Top 20 Energy Dinosaurs (by State)

Posted by feww on July 21, 2011

Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida Top the “Toxic 20” States: Report

Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida residents, and people in 17 other states, are most at risk in the United States from toxic emissions released by fossil-fuel power plants, according to a report published by two environmental groups.

The study based on publicly-available data provided by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), is titled “Toxic Power: How Power Plants Contaminate Our Air and States” and was conducted by NRDC and PSR.

Key findings include:

  • About 50 percent of all the toxic air pollution reported from industrial sources in the United States comes from fossil-fuel (coal- and oil-fired) power plants.
  • Fossil-fuel power plants are the single largest industrial source of toxic air pollution in 28 states and the District of Columbia.

“Power plants are the biggest industrial toxic air polluters in our country, putting children and families at risk by dumping deadly and dangerous poisons into the air we breathe,” said Dan Lashof, Climate Center Director at NRDC. “Tougher standards are long overdue. Members of Congress who consider blocking toxic pollution safeguards should understand that this literally will cost American children and families their health and lives.”


Toxic Air Pollution. Image source: Portland State University. DWNLDD by FEWW. Click to enlarge.

The Top 20 Energy dinosaurs are

  1. Ohio
  2. Pennsylvania
  3. Florida
  4. Kentucky
  5. Maryland
  6. Indiana
  7. Michigan
  8. West Virginia
  9. Georgia
  10. North Carolina
  11. South Carolina
  12. Alabama
  13. Texas
  14. Virginia
  15. Tennessee
  16. Missouri
  17. Illinois
  18. Wisconsin
  19. New Hampshire
  20. Iowa

(Source: NDRC/PSR)

“The EPA estimates that the reductions of toxic pollution required by the pending ‘Mercury and Air Toxics’ standard would save as many as 17,000 lives every year by 2015 and prevent up to 120,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms. The safeguards also would avoid more than 12,000 emergency room and hospital visits and prevent 850,000 lost work days every year,” the report said.

“Coal pollution is killing Americans,” said Lynn Ringenberg, MD, of Physicians for Social Responsibility. “It is America’s biggest source of toxic air pollution. Air toxics from coal-fired power plants cause cancer, birth defects, and respiratory illness. Just one of those air toxics, mercury, damages the developing brains of fetuses, infants, and small children.   It robs our children of healthy neurological development and native intelligence.

“Poisonous power threatens the health of our kids and families. As a pediatrician for over thirty years, I urge us absolutely to support the EPA’s efforts to reduce the health threat from coal.”

Power plants are the major source of toxic air pollution in the following 28 states (and DC) as reported to the TRI: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

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