A recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council listed Florida as the sixth-worst state in the nation for toxic air pollution, the Gasparilla Gazette reports. The state's electric sector ranked number six in industrial toxic air pollution in 2010, emitting approximately 16.7 million pounds of harmful chemicals into the air. This made up about 57 percent of Florida's overall state pollution level and 5 percent of all toxic pollution from U.S. industrial power plants.
Despite the poor ranking, the state has seen air quality improvements between 2009 and 2010. For example, there has been a 4 percent drop in mercury pollution levels.
"Toxic pollution is already being reduced as a result of EPA's health-protecting standards," John Walke, NRDC clean air director, told the news source. "Thanks to the agency's latest safeguards, millions of children and their families in the states hardest hit by toxic air pollution from power plants will be able to breathe easier.''
Homeowners concerned about the health effects of poor air quality can invest in a home air purifier. A unit such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can drastically reduce indoor toxin levels and promote a healthy lifestyle.