Study says coal burning in Utah kills 202 a year

Oct 19 2010 - 7:54am

SALT LAKE CITY -- A study commissioned by Utah state agencies says air pollution kills 202 residents a year.

A group of Utah doctors is citing the report to urge Gov. Gary Herbert to factor in the environmental costs of coal-fired power in a state energy policy. 

Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment wants Herbert to embrace the findings of a study commissioned -- but not endorsed -- by state agencies.

Utah commissioned the study with a $150,000 matching grant from the federal government.

Massachusetts-based Synapse Energy Economics Inc. itemized the health and environmental costs of Utah's reliance on coal-fired power plants.

The report says Utah should replace its most polluting coal plants with wind and solar power and find ways to conserve energy.

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