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Unveiled the Toll from Coal

CATF produced Toll from Coal, the first-ever national study of the health effects of coal power in the U.S. campaign for tax incentives for carbon capture and storage. Among all industrial sources of air pollution, none pose a greater risk to human health and the environment than coal-fired power plants.

Emissions from coal-fired power plants contribute to global warming, ozone smog, acid rain, regional haze, and – perhaps most consequential of all from a public health standpoint – fine particle pollution. In 2000 and again in 2004, Clean Air Task Force commissioned comprehensive studies of health impacts caused by fine particle air pollution from the nation’s roughly 500 coal-fired power plants. Each study incorporated the latest scientific findings concerning the link between air pollution and public health, as well as up-to-date emissions information.

Learn more about the Toll from Coal.