Florida and Georgia Air Pollution Danger

By: Lindsey Day Email
By: Lindsey Day Email

Florida and Georgia are number three and nine respectively on the list of states with the most toxic pollution from power plants. A study done my the Natural Resources Defense Council found that nearly half of all the toxic air pollution reported from industrial sources in the United States comes from coal- and oil-fired power plants. This study used publicly available data in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Toxic Release Inventory (TRI).

Climate Center Director Dan Lashof says these power plants are "putting children and families at risk by dumping deadly and dangerous poisons into the air we breathe." Furthermore, he says that "tougher standards are long overdue."

EPA is making an effort to reduce air pollution, but members of congress and some of the polluters are trying to pass amendments to stop EPA's measures. Last week, two house committees voted for amendments by Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Mike Ross (D-AR), and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) to block for at least a year the EPA's mercury and air toxic standard. These amendments could move to the floor as early as this week.

Community members weigh in on the debate. Florida State University student Patrick McClenathan says, "I think it's important that the EPA takes steps to reduce the amount of air pollution, but they also need to work to push a cheaper, accessible option." Another FSU student, Trey Ware says, "From the sun we can harness just about as much energy as we can from coal and oil power plants, it's just a matter of getting the technology cost effective."

EPA is taking public comments through August 4th to help them finalize their proposal. To submit your comment go to http://www.epa.gov/airquality/powerplanttoxics/

To see the analysis "Toxic Power: How Power Plants Contaminate our Air and States" refer to the following website: http://docs.nrdc.org/air/air_11072001.asp


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  • by Dotty on Aug 13, 2011 at 06:45 PM
    Most people don't know that Nuclear power plants spew radiation into the environment just in their normal daily use. The radiation ends up in the local air, drinking water, fish, watermelon, lettuce, etc. Check out the nuclear power plant near your home and see what radiation gets spewed: http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/ops-experience/tritium/plant-info.html
  • by Not Soon Enough on Jul 25, 2011 at 12:30 PM
    To Unemployed. No one is saying to close anything down but they should be expected and demanded to clean up their business.
  • by unemployed Location: ga on Jul 25, 2011 at 11:44 AM
    close them down the paper mills to that isa good way to put another couple million out of work.
  • by Not Soon Enough on Jul 25, 2011 at 10:11 AM
    Third in the Nation with the most toxic pollution from power plants is unacceptable. Politicians voting their contributors wishes not the interest of the people is even more unacceptable.
  • by Jethro Location: Capital City, Florida on Jul 25, 2011 at 06:17 AM
    Huh??? I missed the point again 'anonymous.' California will be adjoined to Florida and Georgia if you don't get your head out-of-the-sand! Can you say former Governor of California? I knew that you could! You have your way, and we will have rolling-blackouts from this coast to that other one. Think about this. Coal burners are becoming more efficient everyday, scrubbers steam turbines limestone. I can't explain it to you in this blog. You like nuclear? Start one today, and it will produce it's first watt in 2036. A Gas Turbine Powerhouse? Maybe 4 to 5 years. And your gas prices will double. The end result is that the lights are off during daylight hours because of the sun. You will have zero power in your home after sundown. That is when everyone turns-on their lights. As to the A.C? Well your just going to have to suck-it-up. There will be none. Don't be a hater!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2011 at 08:06 PM
    Yep - pretty typical report about Republican anti regulation anything in the two adjoining states that are Republican controlled and still pushing for higher profits.
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