An environmental organization has released its study of what it considers the 20 worst states for air pollution that is produced by power plants. And, once again, South Carolina made the list.
The Natural Resources Defense Council has ranked South Carolina 13th in the amount of “harmful chemicals” that the NRDC says was released into the atmosphere. Those materials include mercury, sulfur dioxide, and hydrochloric acid.The environmental watchdog organization uses Federal EPA data to evaluate states whose residents it says are exposed to the most toxic air pollution from by coal and oil fired power plants.
Neighboring states in the group’s Top 20 include North Carolina and Georgia. The worst state is Kentucky, according to the NRDC. It is the second year for the report.
Nationally, the report found a 19 percent drop in all toxics emitted from power plants in 2010, compared with 2009 levels. The group says that power utilities are using cheaper natural gas. It also credits controversial EPA regulations that put strict standards in place on the amount of mercury that a power plant can emit.
Russ McKinney contributed to this report