BALTIMORE (AP) — A new study ranks Maryland fifth worst in the nation for pollution from coal- and oil-fired power plants. However, a spokeswoman for the Department of the Environment says the results are misleading.

The results were released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Physicians for Social Responsibility. Ohio ranked first, followed by Pennsylvania, Florida and Kentucky.

MDE spokeswoman Dawn Stoltzfus says the results are based on 2009 data and noted the state’s Healthy Air Act regulating power plant pollution went into effect last year. She says as much as 70 percent of Maryland air pollution comes from out-of-state power plants, including states on top of the NRDC’s list. The spokeswoman says the state is working with other northeastern states on the problem.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. Tripweaver says:

    Incentivize green power solutions for individual households, non-profits, and corporations alike. See how fast you can drop on that list.

  2. Steve says:

    Or, in true Owe’Malley fashion, why don’t you just fix the data to make it look like we are the cleanest state in the nation.

  3. Daniel Couch says:

    We have the cleanest fleet of power plants on the east coast….they just need to fix the plants that are putting out to much can’t just stop using coal so before everyone puts there 2 sense in do some research because coal and gas fired power plants are here to stay.

  4. jimmy says:

    In the San Francisco Bay Area corrupt FBI and DEA where selling information (names, addresses, etc) about former DoD personnel and contractors to Chinese Intelligence officials. The DoD personnel and contractors coincidentally where under DoJ investigations for unrelated low priority matters.

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