The American Lung Association (ALA) recently released a new report on the dramatic health hazards surrounding coal-fired power plants.
The report, "Toxic Air: The Case For Cleaning Up Coal-Fired Power Plants," reveals the dangers of air pollution emitted by coal plants.
One of the starkest findings in the report claims, "Particle pollution from power plants is estimated to kill approximately 13,000 people a year.'
So what's the biggest culprit?
"Coal-fired power plants that sell electricity to the grid produce more hazardous air pollution in the U.S. than any other industrial pollution sources."
According to the report details, over 386,000 tons of air pollutants are emitted from over 400 plants in the U.S. per year. Interestingly, while most of the power plants are located in the Midwest and Southeast, the entire nation is threatened by their toxic emissions.
So who's Alabama's number one polluter?
The single most influential corporation in our state political system--BARDs Big Mule Alabama Power.
Toxic Air Report March 2011
US EPA Press Release March 16, 2011"EPA Proposes First National Standard for Mercury Pollution From Power Plants"
The new Power Plant Mercury and Air Toxics Standards – which eliminate 20 years of uncertainty across industry – would require many power plants to install widely available, proven pollution control technologies to cut harmful emissions of mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gases, while preventing as many as 17,000 premature deaths and 11,000 heart attacks a year. The new proposed standards would also provide particular health benefits for children, preventing 120,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms and about 11,000 fewer cases of acute bronchitis among children each year. The proposed standards would also avert over 12,000 emergency room visits and hospital admissions and 850,000 fewer days of work missed due to illness.
This rule will provide employment for thousands, by supporting 31,000 short-term construction jobs and 9,000 long-term utility jobs.
Maybe the 'gut the EPA' republicans can explain why they are for more heart attacks, childhood asthma and bronchitis. They certainly should don't you think?
If they want insist on this corporations first, kids second stance and continue to claim jobs are more important than our children's health, then that should speak volumes to everyone about what really matters to them.
Equally guilty is the Democratic National Committee who just accepted a $10 million dollar "loan" from the notorious Duke Energy.
Big business is hedging its bets of course, but these politicians, on both sides of the aisle, should be held fully accountable for what they are and aren't doing.