Journal of Public Health Policy

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 266–277 | Cite as

Beyond black lung: Scientific evidence of health effects from coal use in electricity generation

  • Susan Buchanan
  • Erica Burt
  • Peter Orris
Original Article


While access to electricity affects health positively, combustion of coal in power plants causes well-documented adverse health effects. We review respiratory, cardiovascular, reproductive, and neurologic health outcomes associated with exposure to coal-fired power plant emissions. We also discuss population-level health effects of coal combustion and its role in climate change. Our review of scientific studies suggests that those we present here can be used to inform energy policy.


coal electricity generation air pollution health effects 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public HealthChicagoUSA

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