Minnesota by the numbers: Top 20 polluters

class=img_thumbleft>So you want to know what companies are releasing the most pollutants into Minnesota's air and water? The ugly answers can be found in the recently released Right-to-Know Chemical Information Report, which is posted on the Minnesota Department of Public Safety website. Among other things, the report lists the top 20 pollution producing facilities in the state. As usual, Xcel Energy's coal-burning power plant in Becker occupies the top spot; according to the report, the Sherco plant emitted more than seven million pounds of pollutants during the 2004 calender year. That's more than three times as much as the number two polluter, Minnesota Power's Boswell Energy Center in Cohasset. The full report is larded with useful tables and other data. Below are the Dirty 20, ranked top to bottom.

Sherco Plant (Xcel Energy), Becker Boswell Energy Center (Minnesota Power), Cohasset Flint Hills Resources, Inver Grove Heights 3M Cottage Grove Center, Cottage Grove Sappi Cloquet LLC, Cloquet A.S. King Generating Plant (Xcel Energy), Bayport Boise White Paper, LLC, International Falls CHS Oilseed Processing, Mankato MN Soybean Processors, Brewster Riverside Plant (Xcel), Minneapolis Rochester Public Utilities, Rochester Larson Glastron Boats, Little Falls Twin Cities Assembly Plant (Ford), St. Paul Crown Food Packaging, Owatonna Central Bi-Products, Redwood Falls US Marine/Bayliner, Pipestone ADM Co., Mankato Gopher Resource Corp., Eagan Taconite Harbor Energy, Schroeder 3M, Hutchinson