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MI Air MI Health Testifies to Michigan Senate on the Health Impacts of Energy Policy

Rory Neuner and Kathleen Slonager, RN testifying

Today the MI Air MI Health Coalition and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Michigan Chapter gave testimony to the Michigan Senate Energy and Technology Committee on the health impacts of Michigan’s energy policy. Rory Neuner, Project Director of MI Air MI Health was joined by Kathleen Slonager, RN, Executive Director of AAFA. The pair touched on new data showing that Michigan is performing worse than many comparable states on a number of indicators of diseases tied to poor outdoor air quality, including Michigan’s asthma rate is nearly 25% higher than the national average. Since 2001, our asthma rates have consistently gotten worse.

  • Michigan currently ranks 5th in the nation in premature deaths, hospital admissions, and heart attacks attributed to coal-fired power plant pollution.
  • More specifically, the pollution from Michigan’s nine oldest coal-fired power plants has been linked to 68,000 cases of asthma attacks and 180 premature deaths each year.
  • Michigan’s lung cancer rate is higher than 33 other states, and we have the 6th highest percentage of residents living with cardiovascular disease.

To view a copy of the prepared written testimony, click here.

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