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Maryland ranks 5th among ‘Toxic 20’

Maryland ranks as the fifth-worst state in the country for toxic air pollution caused by coal- and oil-fired power plants, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The environmental group and the Physicians for Social Responsibility on Wednesday jointly released a study of air pollution caused by fossil fuel-burning power plants in the 20 “most toxic” states. Ohio had the worst record, followed by Pennsylvania, Florida, Kentucky and Maryland.

The Brandon Shores Power Plant in Anne Arundel County was named as among the worst pollution sources. The groups said the publicly available data came from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic Release Inventory.