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NC's air among worst in US, environmental group says

Posted July 20, 2011

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— North Carolina ranked 10th nationally in the amount of pollution in the air, according to federal data analyzed by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Using data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Toxics Release Inventory, the environmental group determined that coal- and oil-fired power plants were the source of nearly half of the nation's air pollution from industrial sources.

“Power plants are the biggest industrial toxic air polluters in our country, putting children and families at risk by dumping deadly and dangerous poisons into the air we breathe. Tougher standards are long overdue," Dan Lashof, climate center director at NRDC, said in a statement.

Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida have the worst air nationwide, according to the study.

The group released the information as Congress considers EPA's efforts to update public health protections, such as setting new standards for mercury emissions into the air.

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  • Scaramouche Jul 20, 2011

    "Interesting.. where's the facts link?."

    yeah, would be nice to have that. Quick search on their site didn't even give a result for this report. *shrug* May have to dig deeper when I get home.

  • gunny462 Jul 20, 2011

    "according to federal data analyzed by the Natural Resources Defense Council"

    Interesting.. where's the facts link?.

  • Scaramouche Jul 20, 2011

    "I bet the "Adopt a Highway" people are plotting a coups..."

    tehy are, and tehy are allied with the cats. No worries. We have yak mounted wombat calvary with flying squirrel air support on our side.

  • godnessgracious2 Jul 20, 2011

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/28/climate-change-sceptic-willie-soon

    Here, just so I can provide my sources on the climate skeptic paid a million dollars by oil companies.

  • WooHoo2You Jul 20, 2011

    Actually I did... but I am more concerned about those that call themselves "scientists" in this study... yet the entire group seems to have a great deal more of a political agenda. You should be wary too.-mep

    Everyone has a 'political agenda' according to some. I bet the "Adopt a Highway" people are plotting a coups...

  • Scaramouche Jul 20, 2011

    "How many scientists told Copernicus the sun was not the center of the solar system, because they learned in SOLAR SYSTEM COLLEGE that it was factually accurate that the solar system was geo-centric?"

    Again...totally irrelevant to the topic at hand. Nice try at clouding the subject though.

  • godnessgracious2 Jul 20, 2011

    I'm not the one trying to dispute the findings of another scientist. If I was the burden of proof would be on me, to either confirm or disprove their results. If you would like to do so please do it. I don't have the money to fund an independent study, and the only people that do end up publishing papers that try to deny anthropomorphic global warming are funded by oil companies to the tune of millions. Who am I going to believe? The oil company funded hack or the thousands of actual scientists?

  • carolinapatriot Jul 20, 2011

    goodnessgracious2 I wouldn't be so quick to assume who is uneducated. And again, where is your burden of proof? Agendas can be promoted through the educational system as quickly as anywhere else. Do you have actual experience from ENVIRONMENTAL COLLEGE collecting and analyzing such data as to confirm the report? How many scientists told Copernicus the sun was not the center of the solar system, because they learned in SOLAR SYSTEM COLLEGE that it was factually accurate that the solar system was geo-centric?

  • Scaramouche Jul 20, 2011

    "well if their "scientists" say we have some of the worst air in the US, it must be true......oh yeah, Pluto's a planet...oops"

    Complete non-sequitor, and completely irrelevant. IOW: Spoken like somone who failed Science in school.

  • NoObamaCare Jul 20, 2011

    Must be from all those tobacco fields...

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