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Washington state's major industrial sources released about 6 million more metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2013, a 30 percent jump from the previous year.Photo: Ian Barbour/MGN Washington state's major industrial sources released about 6 million more metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2013, a 30 percent jump from the previous year.Photo: Ian Barbour/MGN
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Washington state's major industrial sources released about 6 million more metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2013, a 30 percent jump from the previous year.

Data from the Environmental Protection Agency shows the state's only coal-fired power plant in Centralia topped the list, emitting 7.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and other gases blamed for global warming.

Facilities that release 25,000 metric tons or more of carbon dioxide or its equivalent are required to report emissions to the EPA each year.

Last year in Washington state, 92 large facilities such as power plants, pulp and paper mills and steel mills released a total of 25.7 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, compared with 19.6 million metric tons in 2012.

Power plants accounted for about 46 percent of that pollution.

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