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Seven Ohio companies named to list of top-100 worst polluters in the U.S.

The findings were researched by the Political Economy Research Institute.

OHIO, USA — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from a story published on January 17, 2021.

According to the Political Economy Research Institutue at the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) Amherst, seven companies based out of Ohio rank among the top-100 worst contributors to greenhouse gas pollution in the United States. 

The seven companies include notable Ohio agencies such as FirstEnergy and Buckeye Power Company. 

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The full list is as follows:

  • American Electric Power (No. 5)
  • FirstEnergy (No. 15)
  • Marathon Petroleum (No. 16)
  • Ohio Valley Electric (No. 55)
  • Buckeye Power Co (No. 73)
  • Murray Energy (No. 79)
  • Cleveland-Cliffs (No. 83)

The report from UMASS Amherst comes as newly-inaugurated President Biden takes quick action against climate change and pollution in the United States, recently canceling the Keystone Pipeline, and rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement

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President Biden also recently nominated Michael Regan to fill the open position of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator. Regan has previously been applauded for his work to hold polluters accountable. 

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