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2013-07-02 16:20:56

State-specific findings co-released with labor, business groups show job creation and lower bills in FL, IL, MI, MT, NH, NC, OH, OR, PA and VA WASHINGTON, July 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nation can significantly cut carbon pollution from power plants, the centerpiece of President Obama's climate action plan, while adding thousands of new jobs and saving families money on their electric bills, according to a new analysis released by the Natural Resources Defense...

Toxic Power: Power Plants Are Contaminating Our Air And States
2012-08-10 05:04:43

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a report released Thursday by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Texas is the 10th worst state in the nation when it comes to exposing residents to toxic air pollution from coal-fired plants. Unfortunately, that's not all the report had to say about the Lone Star State. Texas also ranked 10th in toxic air pollution from the electric sector, emitting nearly 10.5 million pounds of harmful chemicals. This...

2012-08-09 06:23:02

'Toxic 20' States: KY, OH, PA, IN, WV, FL, MI, NC, GA, TX, TN, VA, SC, AL, MO, IL, MS, WI, MD, DE WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Residents of Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania are exposed to more toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants than in any other state, according to an analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). At the same time, the report found a 19 percent decrease in all air toxics emitted from power plants in 2010, the most...

2012-08-01 23:08:42

Most of the world's population will be subject to degraded air quality in 2050 if man-made emissions continue as usual. In this 'business-as-usual' scenario, the average world citizen 40 years from now will experience similar air pollution to that of today's average East Asian citizen. These conclusions are those of a study published today in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, an Open Access journal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). Air pollution is a major health risk that may...

2012-03-16 11:26:05

Cap and trade programs to reduce emissions do not inherently provide incentives to induce the private sector to develop innovative technologies to address climate change, according to a new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In fact, said author Margaret Taylor, a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) who conducted the study while an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley's Goldman School of Public...

2011-12-21 14:05:00

Calls MATS "A Major Step Toward Protecting the Environment and Public Health." WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Health Care Without Harm praised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for handing down new standards that would greatly reduce mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel, acid gases and other toxins from our atmosphere. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for power plants will, for the first time ever, place limits on these...

2011-08-11 10:42:00

Aims to Emphasize Health Benefits of Clean Air, Engage Wide Group of Advocates for Public Health WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health Care Without Harm has announced a new initiative to help support the Clean Air Act. Called the "Clean Air Promise," the campaign will target the health care community, legislators and policy makers, community and business leaders, and individuals, asking them to make a Promise to protect America's children and families from air...

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2011-07-21 14:10:00

Two leading American environmental groups said on Wednesday that Ohio tops the list for the top 20 U.S. states with toxic emissions from coal and oil-fired power plants. According to the report by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Physicians for Social Responsibility, electricity generation and chemical processing were the top culprits for dangerous emissions.  Ohio topped the list of 20 states most affected by toxic air pollution, followed by Pennsylvania and Florida. ...

2010-07-23 12:10:00

Marks 20th Settlement Under United States' Power Plant Enforcement Initiative WASHINGTON, July 23, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative Inc., an Indiana electric generation and transmission cooperative, has agreed to install state-of-the-art pollution control technology at its two coal-fired power plants in Indiana, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The settlement, filed in federal court today, will reduce...

2010-05-12 16:48:00

WASHINGTON, May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- We at the American Lung Association were shocked to read language included in the draft American Power Act introduced today by Senators John Kerry and Joseph Lieberman that would unleash a dangerous process to attack life-saving rules on coal-fired power plants and threaten to permit much more air pollution around the nation. The outrageous proposal creates an open door through which millions of tons of life-threatening pollution could be...