Feds Say Central Ohio Toxic Emissions Declining
U.S. EPA data shows toxic emissions in central Ohio are declining. The agency's Toxic Release Inventory shows overall emissions in Franklin County decreased by 51 percent from 2012 to 2013. Lead emissions fell by 21 percent in that time. For the first time in 20 years, Franklin County went an entire season without a smog-related air quality alert last year. Toxic emissions are also on the decline statewide and nationally as power companies close coal-fired plants and install pollution-control measures.