Updated at 6:30 p.m. to add information on mercury pollution.
A new report released today puts both Missouri and Illinois among the top 20 states with the most toxic air pollution from power plants.
The Natural Resources Defense Council report ranked Missouri 15th and Illinois 16th nationwide, based on 2010 data from the Environmental Protection Agency, the most recent data available.
The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to extend the deadline for cement manufacturers to comply with federal air pollution standards.
The extension could impact some local companies.
The EPA proposal would extend the deadline by two years, giving cement manufacturers until September 2015 to comply with the standards.
Updated at 5:50 p.m. to add comments from Senator Roy Blunt.
The U.S. Senate has rejected a bill that would have done away with new federal limits on mercury and other toxic air pollutants from power plants.
The resolution introduced by Republican Senator James Inhofe would have eliminated the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency in December.
Missouri’s senators were divided on the issue.
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