Effects of Coal Combustion on Human Health
page contains electronic materials published by various institutions,
which can be used as teaching resources. Some of the resources are
general and some others specific to subjects presented in each PULSE
Teachers & Students
Health Perspectives (EHP) has artciles on
coal burning and combustion.
between Arsenic Exposure from a Coal-Burning Power Plant and Urinary
Arsenic Concentrations in Prievidza District, Slovakia HTML | PDF
Association of Fine Particulate Matter from Different
Sources with Daily Mortality in Six U.S. Cities HTML | PDF
Teplice Program--The Impact of Air Pollution on Human
PAir Quality in Postunification
Erfurt, East Germany: Associating Changes in Pollutant Concentrations
with Changes in Emissions HTML |
Links <http://www.bydesign.com/fossilfuels/links/index.html> promotes
learning how North America uses fossil fuels. This site is a good
starting point for teachers and students who want to learn more about
how North America uses its fossil fuel resources. Coal is our most
abundant fossil fuel resource. Coal is a complex mixture of organic
chemical substances containing carbon, hydrogen and oxygen in chemical
combination, together with smaller amounts of nitrogen and sulfur.
Combustion: Nuclear Resoruce or Danger By Alex Gabbard This
is a paper offering informative facts about coal combustion including
charts, diagrams, and other basic prevalent knowledge on coal combustion
and whether it is a nuclear resource or a danger. As the world's
population increases, the demands for all resources, particularly
fuel for electricity, is expected to increase. To meet the demand
for electric power, the world population is expected to rely
increasingly on combustion of fossil fuels, primarily coal. The
world has about 1500 years of known coal resources at the current
use rate. The graph below to the right shows the growth in U.S.
and world coal combustion for the 50 years preceding 1988, along
beyond the year 2040. Using the concentration of uranium and
thorium indicated above, the graph below to the left illustrates
the historical release quantities of these elements and the releases
be expected during the first half of the next century, given
the predicted growth trends.
Mercury Policy Project (MPP) works to promote policies to eliminate
mercury uses, reduce the export and trafficking of mercury, and significantly
reduce mercury exposures at the local, national, and international
levels. We strive to work harmoniously with other groups and individuals
who have similar goals and interests. For more information about this
project contact Michael
Bender at 1-802-223-9000 or Jane
(805) 256-0968 or Felice Stadler at (202) 797-6692.
In 1917 the U.S. Coal & Coke Company, a subsidiary of U.S.
Steel, built the community of Lynch, Kentucky, then the world's
coal camp. The coal camp
was built on part of the 19,000 acres the company had purchased in
the southeastern tip of Harlan County, near the Virginia border.
The camp's population peaked
at about 10,000 persons but the reported figures vary because of the
transient nature of the miners and their families at that time.
One thousand company
owned structures provided housing for people of 38 nationalities,
the most prominent
of which were Italian, Spanish, Czech, Polish, English, Welsh, Irish
and Scottish. By the 1940s this mining complex employed more
persons above and
EPA has information on the Coal
Combustion Products Partnership. You can read about the benefits of
using CCPs. Studies and research conducted or supported by EPA,
Electric Power and Research Institute (EPRI), government agencies,
indicates that the beneficial uses of coal combustion products
have not been shown to present significant risks to human health
environment. The EPA also has information on the Coal
Combustion Waste Fill Minefill Site Visits. From September
2001 to October 2002, EPA conducted visits to nine States to collect
information regarding the regulation of coal combustion waste (CCW)
minefill management practices within those States. The visits consisted
of meetings with State regulators, and, in most cases, visits to
sites where CCW has been or is currently being placed.
on this webpage were developed by Stephanie
Nardei Outreach Information Specialist, Center of Toxicology,
Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center, University of Arizona.