HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is home to power plants that are among the nation's leading sources of carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas that is heavily blamed for global warming, an environmental group said in a Tuesday report.
Philadelphia-based PennEnvironment said that seven power plants in Pennsylvania, all coal-fired, rank among the nation's 100 biggest emitters of carbon dioxide, while Pennsylvania's power plants gave off more carbon dioxide than the power plants in any other state, except for Texas and Ohio. It tied with Florida in the number of metric tons emitted.
PennEnvironment's analysis was based on federal data from 2011, the most recent available. Since then, power plant owners have announced plans to close or convert at least eight of the state's approximately three dozen coal-fired power plants.
Pennsylvania's biggest emitters of carbon dioxide include the Bruce Mansfield, Keystone, Conemaugh, Hatfield's Ferry and Homer City plants in southwestern Pennsylvania and the Brunner Island and the PPL Montour plants in central Pennsylvania, the report said. Of those, Hatfield's Ferry is expected to close later this year.
Coal-fired power plants are regarded as the largest single sources of carbon dioxide that remain unregulated for the heat-trapping gas. President Barack Obama wants his Environmental Protection Agency to draft regulations for that by next June.