How Close Do You Live to Toxic Coal Emissions? How Close Do You Live to Toxic Coal Emissions?
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How Close Do You Live to Toxic Coal Emissions?

by Ben Jervey

April 30, 2011
Through the map, you can click on the individual plants and see how just how many pounds or tons of various pollutants—mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, and carbon dioxide—are released every year, and how many people live within five miles of the plant.

Here's what the stats look like for Portsmouth, New Hampshire's Schiller plant—the closest coal plant to where I grew up. My home was far enough away (and upwind) that we wouldn't have lived with the effects of this plant, but there are literally millions of Americans that are exposed to coal plant pollution. The Sierra Club's site also has information about ways to protect your local air and water, by the way.

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How Close Do You Live to Toxic Coal Emissions?