Florida Has Some of The Most Toxic Air Pollution In the Nation, Study Says

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Florida residents are the third-most at-risk among the 50 states from toxic emissions from coal and oil-fired power plants, according to a study released today.

The report, from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Physicians for Social Responsibility, found that only Ohio and Pennsylvania had filthier air.

According to the report, the coal and oil-fired plants contribute to half of all air pollution that comes from industrial sources.

The total amount of pollution from said plants in 2009: 382 million pounds.

Florida accounted for 33.4 million pounds of those chemicals, securing its spot near the top of the "Toxic 20."

The worst offender in the state of Florida is the Crist plant owned by Southern Company, which accounts for 9.8 million pounds of the toxic crap -- the third-worst plant in the nation -- and put out 298 pounds of mercury into the air.

The study says pollution control measures have either already been installed or are currently under construction at the plant.

Other pollution offenders in the state, although not nearly as bad as power plants are paper and chemical companies, which account for 14 and 13 percent of the state's pollution, the survey says.


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Peeperscutiepieblanca
Peeperscutiepieblanca

no wonder ni can't freaking breathe, headaches all the time, between this and what i was thinking is barometric headaches there's no way i can ever retire in florida, the pain i get is too great! clean your shit up, florida is surrounds almost all the way by water I thought it would be super clean, it's horrible here.

3 Eyes
3 Eyes

Look out your window at the sky?  If this is rotten, evil foul air then I'll take it.  Go to NYC, LA, DC and you will see pollution.  I don't buy this crap report there is something rotten and it isn't the air.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Well, Florida has the trifecta....air, water, and noise pollution.  AND...our governor is attempting to exempt Florida from EPA regulations.  I am sure that the EPA is one of the agencies that the right wing is targeting for elimination or large funding cuts.

Carl
Carl

The biggest source of Pollution in South Florida are Voice Media Publications.

Joker
Joker

Everybody who came here in the last 20 years please leave.  And take ypur spawn with you.   Problem solved.  You're welcome

Carl
Carl

How could someone be so completely clueless about what's going on in this country? The EPA is driving millions of jobs overseas. People are so stupid it's really unbelievable.

GuntherZorn
GuntherZorn

Since we're not being realistic, why not make it 30 years and return to cracker paradise?

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