by Stephanie Thomas
Among all industrial sources of air pollution, none pose greater risks to human health than coal-fired power plants. Chief among the pollutants coming out of their smokestacks are sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOX), and fine particulate matter. While emissions of these pollutants have declined significantly in the last two decades with the installation of scrubbers in smokestacks, coal-fired plants still emit thousands of tons of them each year, plenty to cause health problems in surrounding neighborhoods.
Inhalation of these pollutants causes coughing, wheezing, nasal inflammation, increased risk and severity of ...
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