PROVIDENCE – Environment Rhode Island released a report Friday highlighting the environmental impact of power plants as the country’s largest contributors to global warming pollution and calling for support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon pollution standards.
The report, titled America’s Dirtiest Power Plants, was presented at the Mount Hope Boat Ramp in Bristol, in view of the Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset — the largest global warming polluter in the Rhode Island area, according to Environment Rhode Island.
“America’s dirtiest power plants are the major offenders when it comes to global warming,” said Channing Jones, campaign director with the Providence-based environmental advocacy organization. “Nearly a year has passed since the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, and we can’t afford to ignore power plants’ overwhelming contribution to global warming. For New England and America, tackling the problem means cleaning up the dirtiest power plants.”
According to the report, Rhode Island’s top carbon polluter is the Entergy plant in Johnston, which emits 1.2 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, or the equivalent of carbon emissions from 243,411 passenger vehicles.
The Brayton Point Power Station in nearby Somerset produces nearly as much carbon pollution as all Rhode Island’s power plants combined, Environment Rhode Island claims, producing 3.3 metric tons annually, or as much as 679,923 passenger vehicles emit in a year.
Other high polluters in Rhode Island named in the report include the Manchester Street Power Station in Providence, the Tiverton Power Plant and the two Ocean State Power facilities in Harrisville.
“As carbon pollution continues to compromise public health and wreak havoc on our atmosphere and oceans, this report shines a spotlight on the biggest [category of] culprits – power plants,” said U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, in a prepared statement. “Rhode Island and other states are doing their part to reduce emissions and invest in clean energy, but we need a nationwide solution.”