Board of Health discusses health risks of coal

The Independence Advisory Board of Health discussed health aspects of burning coal at the two Independence operated coal plants its April meeting.

 Data is estimated 2012 impacts. All monetary values are expressed in thousands of dollars.

Data is estimated 2012 impacts. All monetary values are expressed in thousands of dollars.

Information shared included a report prepared for the American Lung Association on hazardous air pollutants from coal-fired power plants. The report documents a wide range of adverse health effects from burning coal.

Additional information was shared from a report The Toll from Coal produced by the Clean Air Task Force.

Here's the information for the Blue Valley power plant operated by Independence Power and Light.

The 2014 report finds that over 7,500 deaths each year are attributable to fine particle pollution from U.S. power plants - a dramatic reduction in power plant health impacts from the previous studies.