March 13, 2010
Value of Clean Air
Death Rate from Power Plant Particulate Matter Emissions
According to this study over 23,600 people die each year from breathing particulate matter emitted by power plants. The graphic makes it clear that most of these deaths are concentrated in areas surrounding coal plants. The cost of those premature deaths is $150 billion dollars a year.
The average person living in the Midwest is 20 times more likely to die from power plant particulate matter emissions than someone living in the San Francisco Bay area.
Source: Power Plant Emissions: Particulate Matter-Related Health Damages and the Benefits of Alternative Emission Reduction Scenarios