State with the worst air pollution in the US? Ohio, with NC a close Second

The North Carolina Public Interest Research Group released a study this week which places North Carolina second, behind Ohio, for the highest level of power plant pollutants released into the air in 2004. Come on, Progress. Come on Duke. We can do better. Number 2 is the first loser, right guys?

The 65-page report is long on detail and begins,

Every day in America, industrial facilities release millions of pounds of toxic substances into the nation’s air and water. Many Americans – especially those who live in close proximity to industrial facilities –harbor deep concern about how those toxic releases may affect their health.

Harbor deep concern about those toxic releases affecting their health. Go figure. I mean, it's not like we have County Commissioners and power companies making secret deals to build just such industrial facilities upwind from cities... oh, wait, here in Buncombe County we do. And it is not like industry would lie about their ambitions and facts about their pollution... oh wait, they do that too.

I guess then we should harbor deep concern then.

Of course, it could be worse, it can always be worse. We could be in Texas, where G. W. Bush had more time to mess things up than he has in the rest of the USA.

Okay, you say, we also are not as bad as Louisiana, South Carolina, and Alabama, but is that a goal to which we wish to aspire?

The report also breaks out the North Carolina data by itself. I have just begun going over it and will be back later with an update.

This is gonna hurt some people's careers.


Front paged by Anglico

NC PIRG is a solid organization doing great work. Thanks for bringing this entry to BlueNC, Ashevillein. It's a good one.

Of course, the free market anarchists would love to just let things run their course. They prefer for NC to hang around the bottom of such lists.

Heard that Energy Companies in some states

are refusing to disclose info on dams to surrounding towns and cities when asked citing 911 Security. Went looking for the story to link and couldn't find that one but found this.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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I heard a story from Asheville

about Duke Energy reports on dams not being available to the public for bogus homeland security reasons. The secrecy going on these days is truly astounding.

I think it was on NPR.

Air doesn't stop at state boundaries

A lot of the air pollution in North Carolina comes from Ohio. Not to say that North Carolina's sources can't produce enough pollution on their own.

However, a lot of air pollution is not cause by "point sources". Automobile exhaust and coal-fired heating (yes, it still exists) make up important sources of air pollution. Indeed, I would think that most of the air pollution in the Piedmont Crescent is the result of automobile exhaust.

50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

The Navy's proposed OLF

will produce 1 ton of VOC, 38 tons of NOx, 4.45 tons of CO, 1.14 tons of SO2 and 16 tons of PM10. (FEIS study, page E-146) These are tons per year numbers.

What does all this mean? Not truely sure, but I know someone who knows these numbers can explain them.

Bad thing about these numbers is none of this should be introduced into NC for these aircraft as the Navy has not proven a need.

The Navy says that because of the pristen and clear air in the area, that these levels will not require establishing a clear air act zone for the region. Dont know about you, but I thoroughly enjoy breathing fresh air as opposed to JP-5 tainted air. Just because we have maintained clear air and water, does not give the Navy the right to come anywhere near us and throw this trash into our area.

When we do grow in the region, it will become the states and local governmentts problem to curb the harmfull emissions problems in the region. Regardless of the fact that the Navy is a primary contributer to the overall poor air quality of the region.

Is this fair to the region?
Is this fair to the Habitat?