Environment Michigan said today that Michigan plants emitted 2,253 pounds of mercury in 2010. By far the nation’s biggest mercury polluter was Texas, followed by Ohio and Pennsylvania.
In Michigan, the biggest source of airborne mercury was the Detroit Edison Monroe Power Plant, which released 660 pounds. Ranking second and third were two plants in St. Clair County — Detroit Edison Belle River with 335 pounds and Detroit Edison St. Clair with 236 pounds.
Rounding out the top five were the Detroit Edison Trenton Channel plant in Wayne County and Consumer Energy's J.H. Campbell plant in Ottawa County.
The numbers came from an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency database.