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NRDC report ranks Maryland fifth for power plant pollutants

Electric power plants that burn oil or coal in Maryland sent more than 27 million pounds of toxic pollutants into the air in 2009.

That was the fifth-highest total in the nation and a threat to public health, according to a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, and reason enough, they say, to urge federal regulators to move forward with a proposal for more stringent emissions standards.

"There's no question that these [standards] are very beneficial to public health, to protecting our children and families, and we should move forward with them as soon as we can," said Dan Lashof, the NRDC's climate center director.

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