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07/22/2011 07:53 am ET | Updated Sep 20, 2011

The 'Toxic 20' States Suffering Air Pollution From Power Plants (PHOTOS)

New analysis from the Natural Resources Defense Council has made a list of the top 20 states with the most toxic air pollution from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

The study looked at toxic emissions data from 2009, released last month by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Among the findings are that almost half of all the toxic air pollution from industrial sources reported in the U.S. comes from coal and oil-fired power plants.

As Reuters reported while citing the study, toxic emissions can lead to or worsen asthma and cancer.

This week, New York Mayor Bloomberg donated $50 million to help end coal power production. In March, the American Lung Association estimated that particle pollution from power plants kills approximately 13,000 people a year.

Check to see if your state is on the list. The states are ranked from #1-20, with #1 being the state with the most toxic air pollution from power plants.

Top 20 Most Toxic States