Let’s Talk About the Real Cost of Dirty Power: AEP and 3,200 Pollution Deaths

Apr 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: Air pollution, General, Health

American Electric Power (AEP) will be much in the news this week, with an annual shareholder meeting in Tulsa Oklahoma on Tuesday and a speech by AEP’s CEO and President Nick Akins to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.

You can count on AEP spending a lot of time during these events talking about its “tradition of leadership, service and contributions to the communities we serve.”

But there’s one “contribution” the Columbus, Ohio-based firm doesn’t want you to know about:

The dangerous air pollution generated last year by the twenty-six coal-fired power plants owned wholly or in part by AEP contributed to as many as 3,200 deaths, over 20,000 asthma attacks and incidents, over 2,000 hospital and emergency room visits and over 1,000,000 lost work-days, according to an analysis conducted for the Natural Resources Defense Council by MSB Energy Associates, Inc. using a highly regarded, peer-reviewed model linking emissions of air pollutants to health impacts.

For more on this story, visit: Let’s Talk About the Real Cost of Dirty Power: AEP and 3,200 Pollution Deaths | Pete Altman’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC.

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