Alabama ranked 12th-dirtiest in pollution report

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A study issued by an environmental advocacy group ranks Alabama as the nation's 12th-dirtiest state as measured by emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Georgia ranks ninth-dirtiest in the same report, which was released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Physicians for Social Responsibility.

The study, "Toxic Power: How Power Plants Contaminate Our Air and States," used data from the 2009 Environmental Protection Agency's Toxics Release Inventory.

The Birmingham News reports that the study was released as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency solicits comments on changes to toughen standards on power plant emissions.

Georgia Power officials told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the company plans to close or convert some of its coal units and has added equipment to others to cut toxic emissions.

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