Chances are you're near one.Image: Sierra Club/Google MapsDo you live around Clearfield, Penn.? The Shawville coal-fired power plant is spewing more than 1,500 pounds of toxic mercury into your air and water every year. Live near St. Louis? The Labadie coal-fired power plant emits more than 1,400 pounds of mercury every year. And if you live near Bismarck, N.D. -- you have two coal-fired power plants near you (Milton Young and Coal Creek) that emit a combined 1,700 pounds of mercury into your environment annually. Unfortunately, the list of mercury and other toxin-spewing coal plants is long, but now you …
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Mary Anne Hitt is director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, which is working to eliminate coal's contribution to global warming and repower the nation with clean energy.
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