BERKELEY (KCBS)— A California environmental group claims that a Bay Area power plant is the second most polluting in the state according to a new study.
Environment California’s report, America’s Dirtiest Power Plants, lists Pittsburg’s Delta Energy Center as the culprit and that each year it emits 1.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.
According to the report one percent of America’s power plants emits 30 percent of carbon dioxide emissions and need to be better regulated.
Emily Waterhouse, a field associate for Environment California, said despite its pro-environment legacy, when it comes to coal and gas-powered plants, the state is lagging.
“California is supposed to be a leader in clean energy and global warming solutions, but our report shows that California is actually 16th worst in the nation in terms of total carbon pollution from power plants.”
Kriss Worthington who sits on Berkeley’s City Council said the report shows that less than one percent of the power plants are generating 30 percent of the carbon emissions.
Delta, operated by Calpine/Bechtel Corporation, was not available for comment, but the Delta plant emits a fraction of the emissions generated by the dirtiest plants in other states that have less stringent pollution standards.
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