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Several Mid-Michigan Facilities Rank Among Worst Polluters In MI

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Several mid-Michigan facilities are among the worst polluters in the state. This, according to newly released data from the EPA.

The EPA collected the data as part of its Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. Basically, the EPA is identifying places that are the largest contributors to climate change. There are three power plants in the Lansing area that made the list.

Eckert Station, just off of Moore's River, ranks 12th in the state. In 2010 it produced 2.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. Coming in at 21st, is Erickson Station off Canal Road.The Lansing Board of Water and Light actually owns both of those plants.

The third power plant in the Lansing area that makes the list is on MSU's campus. It ranks number 25. 209 Michigan facilities reported greenhouse gas emissions for 2010.

The overall data shows in the United States shows power plants are responsible for the most greenhouse gases. Oil refineries make up a large part as well.

Though a Michigan Environmental lobbying group says people in the area shouldn't be concerned about the immediate affect of these findings.

"It's just a reminder that we are contributing to a global problem, and hopefully we can address it, but there is no direct impact from those potents, at that power plant," said James Clift, Michigan Environmental Council.

Some familiar names made the list in the Jackson area, including Gerdau. However, it's reported Carbon Dioxide emissions are substantially lower than the power plants in the Lansing area.

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