October 2004: Fishing for Trouble
Details the active fish consumption advisories issued by the states in 2003 due to mercury pollution in local waterways and finds that fish in a large percentage of America's lakes, rivers, and coastal waters are not safe for unlimited consumption. Read more here..
September 2004: Danger in the Air
This report, which is based on a comprehensive survey of environmental agencies from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, examines levels of ozone and fine particle pollution in cities and towns across the country in 2003 and finds that air pollution continues to pose a grave health threat to Americans.
August 2004: Beyond Mercury
Even though the Bush administration is not reducing mercury emissions as quickly or completely as the Clean Air Act requires, it can still claim that it is at least doing something. The same cannot be said for lead, arsenic, dioxin, chromium and dozens of other dangerous air toxics - many of which are emitted at levels that dwarf power plant mercury emissions
August 2004: Reel Danger
This report looks at U.S. EPA tests of fish caught from America's lakes, and finds that every fish tested was contaminated with mercury. 55 percent of the fish tested contained mercury levels that exceed EPA's "safe" limit for women of childbearing age, and 76 percent exceeded the safe limit for children under age three. Read more here.
July 2004: Dirty Air, Dirty Power
Dirty Air, Dirty Power documents, for the first time, how many heart attacks and lung cancer deaths are caused each year by coal-fired power plants. Nationally, power plant pollution cuts short nearly 24,000 lives, including 2,800 from lung cancer, and causes 38,200 heart attacks each year.
May 2004: State of the Air 2004 (American Lung Association)
Breathing dirty air? You can find out with the American Lung Association State of the Air 2004 report.
Click on your state in the map below to check YOUR air and learn how ozone and particle pollution hurts your lungs - and what you can do to protect yourself.
December 2003: Toxic Neighbors
This report is an in-depth analysis of the quantity and nature of toxic pollution from coal-burning power plants. It demonstrates that discharges and emissions from electric utilities occur at levels that raise serious public health concerns.
April 2003: Summary of Major Scientific Reports on Air Pollution and Public Health, Clear the Air
This summary describes results of a study undertaken by a team of researchers from Harvard School of Public Health to, in part, estimate the health risks of five power plants in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. area.
October 2003: Lethal Legacy
This report documents the 2002 emissions of smog-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx), soot-forming sulfur dioxide (SO2), and carbon dioxide (CO2) from the 548 dirtiest power plants in the nation and quantifies the emissions that will continue unabated as a result of the Bush administration's policies.
June 2002: Cleaning Up Air Pollution from America's Power Plants: The Facts
The facts are clear: Power Plants emit air pollutants that cause serious health and environmental damage. Cleaning Up Air Pollution From America's Power Plants seeks to present the facts about this situation to help define the issues and offer guidance for moving ahead.
April 2002: Darkening Skies
The findings in this report illustrate some of the major shortcomings of the President's "Clear Skies Initiative." In particular, power plant pollution data trends show that mandatory emission limits on CO2 are essential to any effort to address global warming. Moreover, the data illustrates that for sulfur and nitrogen pollution, which disproportionately impacts the health of people living near the plants, pollution caps alone will not protect the majority of communities from increasing power plant emissions. Rather, caps must work hand-in-hand with existing and new measures to ensure that every plant is meeting modern emission standards.