Even when it's sitting in storage, coal threatens human health
September 15, 2017
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(THE CONVERSATION) President Trump and his appointees have pledged to end what they call the “war on coal” – policies designed to reduce the health and environmental impacts from producing and burning coal, such as toxic air pollution and mine waste disposal in streams. But while it is true that coal production and use in the United States is subject to many long-standing regulations, they exist for good reason.
Burning coal generates air pollutants that cause thousands of...