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Air pollution is now linked to cancer.

A recent study has determined that air pollution as a whole is a cancer causing carcinogen and causes lung cancer and is linked to increased risk for bladder cancer.

. "". . International Agency for Research on Cancer http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/iarcnews/pdf/pr221_E.pdf

Coal-fired power plant pollution has negative health impacts.

Research shows that our state’s nine oldest coal-fired power plants emit pollution that is linked to 68,000 cases of asthma exacerbation and 180 premature deaths in Michigan each year.

. "". . Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc http://environmentalcouncil.org/mecReports/PublicHealthImpactsofOldCoal-FiredPowerPlantsinMichigan.pdf

Coal-fired power plants cost Michiganders billions in healthcare costs.

Pollution from Michigan’s nine oldest coal-fired power plants is linked to health complications that cost Michiganders $1.5 billion per year, or $500 for a family of four.

. "". . Michigan Public Service Commission http://michigan.gov/mpsc

Fine particulate air pollution is associated with an increased risk of autism.

Women exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter specifically during pregnancy—particularly during the third trimester—may face up to twice the risk of having a child with autism than mothers living in areas with low particulate matter.

. "". . Harvard School of Public Health http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1408133/

Local air quality is declining.

In 2015 twenty Michigan counties received a failing grade for high ozone days, a major increase from the five counties in 2013.

. "". . The American Lung Association http://www.stateoftheair.org/2015/states/michigan/

Michigan has some of the highest rates of cardiovascular disease in the country.

Michigan has the 6th highest percentage of residents living with cardiovascular disease and the 10th highest death rate from cardiovascular disease in the nation.

. "". . American Heart Association: Michigan State Fact Sheet

Michigan has the 6th highest prevalence of COPD in the United States.

8.8% of Michiganders are living with COPD.

. "". . CDC BRFSS 2013

Michigan’s asthma rates are significantly higher than national averages.

11.5% of adults and 9.2% of children in MI have asthma. That’s 24.4% and 16.9% higher, respectively, than the national rates. Since 2001, Michigan’s asthma rates have consistently gotten worse.

. "". . CDC BRFSS 2013

Michigan’s lung cancer rate is worse than 33 other states.

66.2 (per 100,000 residents) in the state are living with lung cancer.

. "". . 2011 rates from CDC: US Cancer Statistics: An Interactive Cancer Atlas

More than half of Michigan’s coal plants are more than 40 years old.

And nearly a third of Michigan’s coal plants began operation more than 50 years ago. Many of these older plants are scheduled to be mothballed or retired in the coming years because they are inefficient and pose risks to human health.

. "". . Michigan Public Service Commission http://michigan.gov/documents/energy/renewable_final_438952_7.pdf
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