Report: Missouri 11th in mercury emissions; Illinois is 7thBY Jeffrey Tomich - www.STLtoday.com
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Ameren Missouri's Labadie plant in Franklin County was the 15th-largest emitter of mercury among 451 coal-fired power plants nationwide in 2009, according to a report by Environment Missouri.
Overall, Missouri ranked 11th in the nation in mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants in 2009. Illinois was 7th.
Emissions data is from the Environmental Protection Agency's Toxics Release Inventory, an online database of pollutants released annually.
The EPA is set to issue standards next month that would significantly limit mercury emissions from power plants. The report is meant to push the agency to follow through with regulations in the face of political pressure and opposition from industry.
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