State is called 1 of ‘dirty dozen’

21 11 2008

 

— Based on emissions at two of its three coal-fired power plants, Arkansas is among the nation’s “dirty dozen” states when it comes to mercury pollution, says a group founded by a former Environmental Protection Agency official.

Arkansas joins Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina and Wisconsin in having two plants rated among the nation’s 50 biggest mercury emitters, according to the Environmental Integrity Project, a nonprofit group in Washington, D.C.

Texas is at the top of the list with seven coal-fired plants among the top 50, followed by Pennsylvania with five plants and Alabama and Georgia with four each. Ohio, Indiana and North Dakota have three such plants apiece.

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