Texas currently ranks the 10th worst state in the nation when it comes to exposing residents to toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants, according to the latest analysis released by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
The NRDC data show:
* Texas’ electricity sector ranks 10th in the nation for industrial toxic air pollution for the year 2010, emitting nearly 10.5 million pounds of harmful chemicals, which accounted for 25% of state pollution and about 3% of toxic pollution from all U.S. power plants.
* Texas ranks 1st (worst) among all states for industrial mercury air pollution from power plants, with 12,740 pounds emitted in 2010, which accounted for 78% of the state mercury air pollution and 19% of U.S. electricity sector mercury pollution.
The states on the “Toxic 20” list are from worst to best:
5. West Virginia
8. North Carolina
13. South Carolina