Report: Pa. power plants 3rd in carbon emissions

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – An environmental group says Pennsylvania’s power plants rank third in emissions of carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas that’s heavily blamed for global warming.

PennEnvironment also said in a report Tuesday that seven power plants in Pennsylvania rank among the nation’s 100 biggest emitters of carbon dioxide.

The group’s analysis is based on federal data from 2011, the most recent available.

Pennsylvania’s power plants that emit the most carbon dioxide are all coal-fired. They 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.

Coal-fired power plants are the largest single source of carbon dioxide that remain unregulated. President Barack Obama wants his Environmental Protection Agency to draft regulations for that by next June. (AP)

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