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CLOSE TO HOME: Coal in Context

Our nation’s electricity is generated from a foundation of coal that crosses state and national borders. As coal moves from the ground to our homes, there are consequences that transcend power lines. Explore the graphic to see where your coal comes from and how it affects health in your state.

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Research by Jeff Mittelstadt
Concept and planning by Whitney Baker
Programming by Adrienne Wollman
Design by Kristen Long


Environmental Protection Agency eGRID.
U.S. Energy Information Administration Fuel Receipts.
Abt Associates, Inc. for the Clean Air Task Force. Technical Support Document for the Powerplant Impact Estimator Software Tool. July, 2010.
Clean Air Task Force.
Epstein, Paul R., et al. “Full cost accounting for the life cycle of coal.” Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 1219 (2011), 73-98.

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