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Dirty Air Dilemma

In 2012, Ohio was ranked second in the country for the most toxic air from power plants. With nearly 10% of Ohio's population struggling with asthma, our poor record with unhealthy air should be a call to action to move beyond dirty coal-fired power plants to clean, renewable energy. 

Pollution from Ohio coal-fired power plants is to blame for an estimated 1,221 deaths, 835 hospital admissions and 1,891 heart attacks, according to the Clean Air Task Force.  

Carbon Pollution is the main contributor to climate disruption and is linked to life-threatening air pollution like asthma-inducing smog, making it a serious threat to Americans’ health and future. Read More

Top 5 Green House Gas (GHG) Emitters 2010

  1. Gen J M Gavin, 16,872,856 metric tons
    American Electric Power, Cheshire, OH
  2. JM Stuart, 13,119,068 metric tons
    Dayton Power & Light, Manchester, OH
  3. W H Sammis, 11,864,716 metric tons
    FirstEnergy, Stratton, OH
  4. Cardinal, 9,307,450 metric tons
    American Electric Power, Brilliant, OH
  5. W H Zimmer Generating Station, 8,323,838 metric tons
    Duke Energy, Moscow, OH

Smog, Soot and Asthma Among all industrial sources of air pollution, none poses greater risks to human health and the environment than coal-fired power plants. Coal-fired power plants emit smog-forming pollution and fine particle pollution that cause tens of thousands of premature deaths each year and hundreds of thousands of heart attacks, asthma attacks, emergency room visits, hospital admissions, and lost workdays.  Cincinnati, Steubenville, Cleveland, Ashland and Dayton often rank as some of the nation's most polluted cities. Read More

Toxic Mercury Lake Erie has the most mercury pollution of all the Great Lakes. On December 21, 2011 the Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama administration issued the first-ever nationwide protections against toxic mercury from coal plants. These landmark protections will cut over 90 percent of this toxic pollutant from coal-fired power plants, and will dramatically clean up Ohio's air. Read More
Check out Ohio on our air pollution map