Report blames out-of-state polluters for RI's dirty air

Environmental advocates, politicians and media came together in Bristol on Friday to get the details on America's dirtiest power plants.

A new report was put together by Environment Rhode Island Research and Policy Center and emphasizes the impact out-of-state power plants have on the Ocean State's environment.

"America's dirtiest power plants are the biggest offenders when it comes to global warming," said environmental advocate Channing Jones.

"It's their pollution coming downwind to us that's causing those ozone days and keeping kids in their rooms on what would otherwise be a great day to stay outdoors," said U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.

Whitehouse and state Rep. Raymond Gallison said the Brayton Point power plant in Somerset, Mass., is a prime example of an out-of-state polluter impacting the state's environment.

The plant doesn't come close to being one of the top 50 polluters in the country, but does emit as much carbon dioxide as 700,000 passenger cars.

Gallison said he wants it gone.

"Close that plant down once and for all," he said.

Somerset residents, however, have already seen their taxes go up since the Montaup power plant closed earlier this year. They fear if Brayton closes, the town's economy will collapse.

Residents invited local politicians to talk with them about the issue at a town hall meeting two weeks ago, but none of the politicians showed.