Delaware residents are exposed to more toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants than more than half of the rest of the country.
The state ranked 20th among all states with plants here emitting more than 2.9 million pounds of harmful chemicals into the air in 2010. The statistics were compiled by the National Resources Defense Council. Delaware ranked 40th among all states in industrial mercury air pollution.
The report lists Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania as the worst offenders, but, overall, the U.S. saw a 19 percent decrease in all air toxins from power plants.
To see the full report, go to nrdc.org/air/toxic-power-presentation.asp.