The overwhelming majority of the worst polluting lignite coal plants are in Texas and North Dakota. See a map of the top thirty mercury polluters and their locations around the country: 2020 Mercury Emissions from the Most Polluting Coal Plants
The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards are a lifesaving, fully implemented, effective pollution prevention program that specifically protects pregnant women and babies from harm. Since 2012, the mercury standards have helped to dramatically lower mercury emissions from coal plants.
11,000: Number of lives saved each year in the United States due to pollution controls required by mercury standards.
130,000: Number of asthma attacks prevented each year in the United States due to mercury standards.
>80: Number of toxic power plant pollutants targeted by the mercury standards.
81%: Decline in mercury pollution in the United States since 2011.