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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2012 1:19:21 PM

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report this week addressing toxic air pollution in the U.S. With the report, they created a "Toxic 20" list of states "where residents are at a higher risk of numerous health problems just by breathing," the NRDC explains.

According to a press release, the report "found that coal- and oil-fired power plants still contribute nearly half (44 percent) of all the toxic air pollution reported to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI)."

NRDC's Pete Altman blogs, "Both senators from eight states of the 'Toxic 20' states -- Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia, Texas, Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi -- supported a resolution by Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., to repeal the health-protective mercury and air
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Champion Author Oklahoma City

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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 10:48:57 PM

Great article Cakes!

You might note that the toxic 20 states also have the loudest and most ardent supporters of COAL on GB.

It is a good thing to remember than this toxic pollution depending on the wind direction, will also spread to their neighboring states. Often in the summer, with Southern winds we in OK get a snoot full of bad air from good old #10 TX. SHAME!

[Edited by: LetemEatCake at 8/11/2012 11:51:23 PM EST]
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Champion Author Harrisburg

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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 7:03:32 AM

Thanks for the positive comments.
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Champion Author Washington

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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 12:02:57 AM

Texas one of the worst. Well done.
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Champion Author British Columbia

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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2012 9:54:44 PM

Once again.... huff post.... waste of time.
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Champion Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2012 8:40:39 PM

I vehemently disagree with Huff and Puff Post. Indiana has very clean air. Liars.
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Champion Author Houston

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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2012 8:23:55 PM

Hopefully better technology will help them cut back on the pollution.
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Champion Author Washington

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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2012 5:05:30 PM

We understand why the BIG GREED industries of COAL, OIL & GAS prefer bigger profits.

They pretend to not understand why "We the People" prefer a less toxic environment .... :0\

Go figure ;0}

Excellent comments evowner from SALem.


Kentucky, Ohio, PennsylVAnia Have Worst Toxic Air Pollution from Power Plants
‘Toxic 20’ States: KY, OH, PA, IN, WV, FL, MI , NC, GA , TX , TN , VA, SC, AL, MO, IL, MS, WI, MD, DE

WASHINGTON (August 9, 2012) – ResiDEnts of Kentucky, Ohio and PennsylVAnia are exposed to more toxic air pollution from coAL-fired power plants than in any other state, according to an anALysis by the NaturAL Resources DEfense CouNCIL (NRDC).

At the same time, the report found a 19 percent DEcrease in ALl air Toxics emitted from power plants in 2010, the most recent data aVAILable, compared to 2009 levels. The welcomed drop, which ALso iNCluDEs a 4 percent DEcrease in mercury emissions, results from two key factors.

One is the iNCreasing use by power companies of naturAL GAs, which has become cheaper and is cleaner burning than coAL; the other is the instALlation of state-of-the-art pollution controls by many plants--in anticipation of new heALth protections issued by the EnvironmentAL Protection AgeNCy (EPA).

“Toxic pollution is ALready being reduced as a result of EPA’s health-protecting standards,” said John Walke, NRDC’s clean air director. “Thanks to the Agency’s latest safeguards, mILlions of chILdren and their famILies in the states harDEst hit by toxic air pollution from power plants WILl be able to breathe easier.”

“But these protections are threatened,” Walke said, “because polluters are intent on persuading future Congresses or presiDEntiAL administrations to repeAL them.”

FinALized in 2011, EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics standards WILl cut mercury air pollution by 79 percent from 2010 levels, beginning in 2015.

In the second edition of “Toxic Power: How Power Plants Contaminate Our Air and States,” NRDC ALso found that coAL- and oIL-fired power plants stILl conTRIbute nearly hALf (44 percent) of ALl the toxic air pollution reported to the EnvironmentAL Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). The report ALso ranks the states by the amount of their toxic air pollution levels.

In an earlier assault on the EPA’s new standards, the House passed a bILl to gut them last year; but a simILar measure in June faILed in the Senate.

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Champion Author Salem

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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2012 4:22:29 PM

I wish the polluters were fined out of existence for fouling my air. I don't want dirty air to breath. I don't want undrinkable water. Corporations have the resources to accomplish those goals.
Pollution is sloppy business procedures and sloppy management. Get rid of the polluters if they think it's just a shell game to elude the feds with their dumping.
Misusing my environment is a crime and should be. The EPA is the only representative I have to prevent my water from being contaminated. Corporations hide behind their no liability charters. Thank goodness I have a government entity, the EPA, that works for the public against corporate polluters.
I can see why there is a large corporate funded media campaign against the EPA. The polluting corporations have a lot to lose.
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Champion Author Charlotte

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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2012 3:31:26 PM

Typical blog stuff from cakes

You are welcome for the nice comment
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Champion Author Grand Rapids

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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2012 2:05:25 PM

NRDC, promoting (pro)-poverty for 42 years already.
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Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2012 1:34:32 PM

The NRDC is Liberal Washington Think Tank that Litigates, lobbies, and is known for taking extreme positions. They donate heavily to the democratic party. No bias here! ;-)
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Rookie Author Oklahoma City

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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2012 1:34:20 PM

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Champion Author Louisville

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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2012 1:30:50 PM

Huffington Post-the absolute worst for facts. Believe nothing, nothing they print or say on Rachel Madcow's show.
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Champion Author Toledo

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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2012 1:25:34 PM

if the "council" doesnt pay taxes, i dont find them credible
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Champion Author Fort Worth

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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2012 1:25:09 PM

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