Plant Scherer is the largest greenhouse gas polluter in the country, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The coal-fired power plant in Monroe County, owned by the Southern Company, reported releasing nearly 23 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, in 2010.
U.S. power plants are responsible for the bulk of the pollution blamed for global warming, according to detailed data released by the EPA.
Power plants released 72 percent of the greenhouse gases reported to the EPA for 2010, according to information released Wednesday that was the first catalog of global warming pollution by facility. The data include more than 6,700 of the largest industrial sources of greenhouse gases, or about 80 percent of total U.S. emissions.
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According to an Associated Press analysis of the data, 20 mostly coal-fired power plants in 15 states account for the top-releasing facilities.