Saturday, February 25, 2006

700 Killed By Industrial Pollution. Yawn.

Yesterday, Confined Space. Today, the Washington Post. Tomorrow...Confined Space

Washington Post, February 16, 2006, Page B4
Study Links 700 Deaths Yearly to Md. Plants
Effects on Health Of Burning Coal Felt Widely, Report Says

By Elizabeth Williamson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 16, 2006; Page B04

Pollution from Maryland's six largest coal-burning power plants contribute to 700 deaths each year, including 100 deaths in Maryland, according to a Harvard University study released yesterday.

The study was sponsored by the Maryland Nurses Association, which supports a bill in the legislature that would require such plants to sharply reduce pollution over the next decade.
Today's Washington Post, Letter to the Editor:
Burying 700 Dead

If an industrial accident had killed 700 people, it would be front-page news in not only The Post but in newspapers across the country and the world. How is it, then, that a study linking 700 deaths every year to six Maryland power plants only merits Page B4 in the Metro section ["Study Links 700 Deaths Yearly to Md. Plants," Feb. 16]?

-- Jordan Barab

Takoma Park