Indiana One Of Worst States For CO2 Pollution

Indiana has been identified as one of the ten worst states for carbon dioxide pollution.

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Photo: Duke Energy (Flickr)

This plant, in Gibson County, is Duke's largest coal fired plant.

Indiana has been identified as one of the ten worst states for carbon dioxide pollution, according to a new report from the Environmental Integrity Project.

EIP Executive Director Eric Schaeffer says the company likes to keep track of pollution that comes from power plants, especially coal-burning ones. Schaeffer says there was a big increase in CO2 emissions from U.S. power plants in 2010.

“What caught our eye this year,” he says, “is data from the Environmental Protection Agency that shows that carbon dioxide pollution which causes global warming has increased from power plants across the U.S. by almost 6 percent. That’s the largest increase we’ve seen in the 15 years that EPA has kept track of this data.”

According to the report, Indiana has the fourth highest CO2 pollution in the nation. Schaeffer says the finding does not come as a surprise, as the state generates much of its electricity from coal. Officials with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management declined comment, saying they do not view the EIP’s report as an official document.

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