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E-M:/ Harvard study on antiquated coal burners and public health



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Enviro-Mich message from Terry Lodge <tjlodge50@yahoo.com>
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>From Grist magazine; perhaps some implications for old
coalburners in Michigan and the upper Great Lakes.

KICKIN' ASTHMA, TAKING NAMES
Air pollution from two coal-burning power plants in
Massachusetts can be linked to more than 43,000 asthma
attacks and an estimated 159 premature deaths each
year, according to a study released yesterday by the 
Harvard School of Public Health.  Locals and enviros
say the study gives Massachusetts Gov. Paul Cellucci
(R) the evidence he needs to crack down on the dirty,
antiquated plants.  Under a loophole in the federal 
Clean Air Act, the plants are exempted from meeting
current air quality standards.  If they were required
to conform to the higher standards, the number of
deaths and asthma attacks could be reduced by 80
percent, the study suggested.  

Source:  Boston Globe, Associated Press, Steve
LeBlanc, 05.05.00
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/126/metro/Study_ties_emissions_at_two_coal_plants_to_asthma_deaths+.shtml

Boston Herald, Jules Crittenden, 05.05.00
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_regional/plan05052000.htm

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