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Iowa Coal & Health: A Preliminary Mapping Study

Ninety-two percent of Iowans live within 30 miles of a coal plant, and almost one out of three Iowa children attend school in close proximity to a coal plant. Additionally, Iowa is home to several of the oldest, least efficient and most polluting coal burning power plants in the nation, those grandfathered and exempted from stricter emissions limits after passage of the Clean Air Act in 1977.

This report represents a preliminary effort to correlate the known disease burden and costs to Iowans of relying on coal to produce energy. Information was drawn for correlation and analysis from a variety of publicly available scientific resources, databases, and recently published research pertinent to Iowa.

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