LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky is one of the biggest polluters
of the Gulf of Mexico.
A new federal study finds the state ranks fifth among 31 states
for the amount of phosphorus it sends to the Gulf.
Kentucky ranks sixth for the amount of nitrogen it contributes.
The two chemicals come from things like farm runoff and
emissions from sewage plants and power plants.
They help create a giant "dead zone" in the Gulf that
threatens the $6 billion fishing industry there.
State officials are reviewing the report, which attributes more
of the problem to Kentucky than previously thought.