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Pollutants and Health
West Virginia has the highest rate of death caused by power plant pollution in the entire United States. According to US Environmental Protection Agency estimates, nearly 400 West Virginians die each year from heart attacks and lung cancer caused by power plant pollution. In addition, 314 emergency room visits, 331 hospitalizations, 7923 asthma attacks, and 41,627 lost work days are estimated to result from power plant pollution in WV. See http://cta.policy.net/regional/wv for more information.
West Virginia has the third highest rate of diagnosed asthma and the fourth highest rate of death from cardiovascular disease in the nation. The elderly, the very young, and people with lung disease and cardiovascular disease are most likely to die or be hospitalized as a result of short-term exposure to high levels of air pollution. Although these people are most likely to be harmed by air pollution, recent studies show that long-term exposure to lower levels of air pollution contributes to the development chronic lung disease and cardiovascular disease in the general population as well.
Pollutants which would be released from Longview, if it were built
The Longview Power Plant will release large amounts of many pollutants that have been shown to harm human health:
Fine particulate matter - 110 pounds per hour
Sulfur dioxide - 550 pounds per hour
Nitrogen oxides - 396 pounds per hour
Sulfuric acid - 45 pounds per hour
Volatile organic compounds - 23 pounds per hour
Arsenic - 2.5 pounds per day
Lead - 2.6 pounds per day
Mercury - 1/3 pound per day
The American Lung Association gives Monongalia County a grade of "D" on many measures of air quality (see report). Do we need to add to this burden?
* CA EPA reference exposure level: at life-long exposures below this level, adverse health effects are not likely to occur. Similarly, the US EPA's reference concentration is the chronic exposure level below which adverse health effects are not likely to occur.
Kaiser Family Foundation. (State Health Facts Online.).
Longview Power/GenPower, LLC Permit Application http://www.genpower.net/longview/environmental.html
National Center for Environmental Health. Air Pollution and Respiratory Health. http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/airpollution/default.htm
Pope CA. Epidemiology of fine particulate air pollution and human health: biologic mechanisms and who's at risk?. Environ Health Perspect. 108 Suppl 4 (713-723). 2000.
Seaton A, Seaton D, and Leitch AG, eds. Crofton and Douglas' Respiratory Diseases, Vol 2, 5th ed. Blackwell Sciences, Inc. Malden, MA. 2000.
Schneider CG. Dirty Air, Dirty Power: mortality and health damage due to air pollution from power plants. Clean Air Task Force. Boston. 2004. Available at http://cta.policy.net/dirtypower/docs/dirtyAir.pdf
US EPA. Mercury and Human Health. http://www.epa.gov/mercury/health.htm
US EPA. Arsenic Compounds. http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/arsenic.html
US EPA. Lead Compounds. http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/lead.html
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