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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Ben is a writer and editor covering climate change, energy, and environment, and is currently the Climate and Energy Media Fellow at Vermont Law School. He was the original Environment Editor at GOOD Magazine and his work has appeared regularly in National Geographic News, Grist, DeSmogBlog, and OnEarth. He recently worked with the non-profit Focus the Nation to publish an Energy 101 primer. When living in New York City, he wrote a book, The Big Green Apple, on how to live a lower impact life in the city. A bicycle enthusiast, Ben has ridden across the United States and through much of Europe.
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