By Greg Cappis, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 09/10/13, 11:19 PM PDT |

Redlands is home to the highest polluting power plant in the state, according to a new study.

The Mountain View Power Plant on the city’s northwest side, owned by Southern California Edison, emits about 1.85 million metric tons of carbon dioxide a year, according to a report released Tuesday by the nonprofit Environment California Research and Policy Center.

The study says the nation’s power plants are the leading cause of carbon dioxide pollution, a greenhouse gas that scientists say leads to global warming. The more greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere the greater the chances for natural disasters like droughts, floods and hurricanes, according to the study.

The study results were released Tuesday during a news conference at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa.

During the news conference, Redlands Fire Department Battalion Chief Jim Topoleski said that although he is not a scientist, in his profession he sees the effects of global warming.

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