More than 50 million pounds of toxic pollutants are being pumped each year into the nation's waterways from fossil fuel power plants, most of them coal, the Environmental Protection Agency says. They include:

More than 50 million pounds of toxic pollutants are being pumped each year into the nation's waterways from fossil fuel power plants, most of them coal, the Environmental Protection Agency says. They include:

Aluminum: 1.97 million pounds

Arsenic: 79,200 pounds

Lead: 64,000 pounds

Manganese: 14.5 million pounds

Mercury: 2,820 pounds

Nitrogen: 30 million pounds

Phosphorous: 682,000 pounds

Selenium: 225,000 pounds

Zinc: 4.99 million pounds

The chemicals are discharged at different levels, with various degrees of potential human and environmental harm dependent on dosages and dilution. The EPA said "discharges of these toxic pollutants are linked to cancer, neurological damage and ecological damage. Many of these toxic pollutants, once in the environment remain there for years."