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

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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