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Toxic Air Pollution in Ohio

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    News
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    Ohio leads nation in toxic air pollution

    Dayton Business Journal – by Ginger Christ, DBJ Staff Reporter

    Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2011

    Ohio’s toxic air pollution levels are 36 percent higher than any other state in the country, according to an analysis of Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Nearly half of all toxic air pollution reported from industrial sources in the United States comes from coal- and oil-fired power plants. Power plants are the largest industrial source of toxic air pollution in 28 states and the District of Columbia.

    READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2011/07/20/ohio-leads-nation-in-toxic-air-pollution.html

    #453650

    Twixlen
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    Ah, good times. *wheeze*

    #453651

    joev
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    Thanks AEP!

    #453652
    Manatee
    Manatee
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    I don’t know about you guys, but I’m just so sick and tired of g*****n treehuggers releasing reports like this.

    Think of it this way: our air has MORE! It’s thicker and more substantial! Carve yourself off a slice of air and quitcher bellyaching.

    More oxygen tanks mean more jobs. YOU DON’T WANNA DECREASE JOBS DO YA?

    #453653

    joev
    Participant

    If you put up a butterfly net, you’ll catch enough lead and mercury to make yourself a fishing sinker.

    #453654
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    Serious question: Is the air pollution concentrated in certain areas more than others? I’ve never found Columbus to *feel* like the air quality is bad, but I could be wrong. I imagine it’s worse around power plants, but where is the closest dirty plant to Columbus?

    #453655

    Cardiff
    Member

    Walker said:
    Serious question: Is the air pollution concentrated in certain areas more than others? I’ve never found Columbus to *feel* like the air quality is bad, but I could be wrong. I imagine it’s worse around power plants, but where is the closest dirty plant to Columbus?

    This was also the info I wanted to know – that article just stated the problem, with no follow up about what to do about it.

    #453656

    joev
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    It’s absolutely concentrated in some areas. The Ohio River Valley on Ohio’s eastern border (Steubenville) is especially bad, because of the geography of the valley and coal-fired power plants. Generally, places downwind (generally east) of these plants have poor air quality, unless the geography of that place is such that pollutants blow away (Columbus is pretty flat, so not too bad.)

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    rus
    rus
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    Cardiff said:
    This was also the info I wanted to know – that article just stated the problem, with no follow up about what to do about it.

    Think “what to do about it” is shut down AEP. Can’t burn coal for energy ( bad air ) can’t use natural gas ( fracking ) can’t use nuclear ( ZOMG ) can’t use solar ( doesn’t work well enough yet and batteries aren’t there yet ), etc.

    Seems like there is no answer that’s “environmentally sound” and also keeps the AC on.

    So, move into a ramshackle farmhouse inundated with mold and swelter. Because that’s good for the environment. Or something.

    #453658
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    rus said:
    Seems like there is no answer that’s “environmentally sound” and also keeps the AC on.

    Then what are states #2 through #50 on the list doing that we’re not? Just using less power than us?

    #453659

    KSquared
    Member

    My ever present allergies quickly abate when I leave Ohio. Not sure it’s attributable to pollution but especially out west, I feel 100% better

    +1 Walker, they must be doing something differently.

    #453660

    joev
    Participant

    For one thing, the coal AEP burns (mostly mined in Ohio and West Virginia) produces more toxins when burned than say, coal mined in Wyoming.

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    Coremodels
    Coremodels
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    WE WIN!

    #453662
    rus
    rus
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    joev said:
    For one thing, the coal AEP burns (mostly mined in Ohio and West Virginia) produces more toxins when burned than say, coal mined in Wyoming.

    Which toxins? To what degree?

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    joev
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