LANSING — Michigan has been ranked seventh worst with air pollution in a new study done by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The list, which the council calls “The Toxic 20,” puts Ohio as the state with the worst air pollution, with Pennsylvania, Florida and Kentucky ranked right behind.
The pollution in Michigan is largely contributed to Detroit Edison’s Monroe Power Plants, which ranked fourth among the greatest power plant polluters in the entire country. The NRDC study found almost half of all toxic air pollution comes from coal and oil-fired power plants such as the one in Monroe.
However, the Michigan Environmental Council has stated that they are focusing on goals to help Michigan’s pollution deflate in the near future. In order to ensure the state will have less toxic energy usage, one main goal will include using as much renewables as possible, which will provide power at about one tenth the cost of a new plant.