Texas Ranks As One Of The Worst States For Air Pollution From Power Plants

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:

1. Kentucky

2. Ohio

3. Pennsylvania

4. Indiana

5. West Virginia

6. Florida

7. Michigan

8. North Carolina

9. Georgia

10. Texas

11. Tennessee

12. Virginia

13. South Carolina

14. Alabama

15. Missouri

16. Illinois

17. Mississippi

18. Wisconsin

19. Maryland

20. Delaware


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