Uncovering the Danger of Stored Coal

As long as coal’s not burning, it can’t hurt us, right? Not true, according to a recent study that suggests even when it’s sitting in place, coal pollutes the air. Carnegie Mellon University’s Akshaya Jha and Nicholas Muller found that wind blowing over coal in uncovered storage piles significantly increased airborne fine particulates in surrounding areas up to 25 miles away. Storage piles also emit volatile gases, they say.

Jha encourages policy makers to explore the costs and benefits of covering coal piles, despite industry objections.

Source: The Conversation

Related: Using the E.P.A. to Prop Up Big Coal – The New York Times (Opinion)

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