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Toxic Coal Poisons America’s Children

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released an assessment of EPA’s strategy to protect the health of our children from environmental health risks.  The biggest health threat to children comes in the air we breathe:

In 2007, for example, 66 percent of children lived in counties where air exceeded one or more of the six principal pollutants. Two of them—ozone and particulate matter—are known to cause or aggravate respiratory diseases such as asthma. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), asthma is the third most common cause of hospitalizations for children, resulting in $3.2 billion for treatment and 14 million days of school lost annually.

Ozone and particulate matter are driven by burning toxic coal to generate electricity.  Maryland remains heavily dependent on toxic coal for its power.

Next time you hear an industry mouthpiece defending toxic coal by getting hysterical about the “economic trade-offs,” remember what the real trade-off is: children’s health for Wall Street profits.

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Still Sacrificing Children and the Elderly

Buried in both the print and on-line editions of the Washington Post was the news that the Baltimore-Washington region has some of the most polluted air in the nation.

The American Lung Association puts our region number 14 in their ranking of urban areas with the worst smog.  The very young and the very old are most at risk of morbidity and mortality from bad air.

Are we not smart enough to figure out how to get the energy services we need without sickening ourselves and our families?

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