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.
Out today is the Environmental Protection Agency's latest Toxics Release Inventory, which allows the public to know what toxic chemicals are released into their communities. Information is released two years in arrears.
You can drill down in the data to your specific area here, but, in general, here are some of the findings for the states in our region, Illinois and Missouri:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first-ever national standards for air pollution from power plants.
The new rules would require many power plants to install technologies to control mercury, arsenic and other toxic air pollutants.
Environment Missouri's Ted Mathys says the new standards would help protect the health of Missourians.
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