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Learn more about the impacts of coal on our environment, our health and our pocket books

Every month it seems that yet another report is released confirming what we already know - coal harms our natural resources, our health and our pocket books. Please see below for a list of reports on the impacts of coal.

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The Impacts of Coal on Public Health and the Environment

Air of Injustice:  African Americans and Power Plant Pollution (Clean Air Task Force)

Coal Ash: The Toxic Threat to Our Health and Environment (EarthJustice)

Coal’s Assault on Human Health
(Physicians for Social Responsibility)

Cradle to the Grave:  The Environmental Impacts from Coal (Clean Air Task Force)

The Energy Water Collision:  Ten Things You Should Know
(Union of Concerned Scientists)

Freshwater Use by U.S. Power Plants - Electricity's Thirst for a Precious Resource (Union of Concerned Scientists)

In Harm’s Way: Lack of Federal Coal Ash Regulations Endangers Americans and Their Environment
(Environmental Integrity Project, Earthjustice, and Sierra Club)

The Toll From Coal (Clean Air Task Force)

Toxic Air: The Case for Cleaning up Coal-Fired Power Plants (American Lung Association)

Financial Risks of Coal

An Analysis of the Economic Impacts and Financing of the Proposed Coal-Fired Power Plant in Early County (The Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies)           

Burning Coal, Burning Cash (Union of Concerned Scientists) 

Environmental Accounting for Pollution in the United States Economy, Nicholas Z. Muller, Robert Mendelsohn and William Nordhaus

Fiscal Impact of Proposed Coal Fired Power Plant in Washington County (The Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies)

Full Cost Accounting for the Life Cycle of Coal (Harvard University)

Georgia's Dependence on Imported Coal
 (Union of Concerned Scientists )

A Risky Proposition: The Financial Hazards of New Investments in Coal (
Union of Concerned Scientists)


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