The health impacts of coal power plants located in Shandong, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia

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Publication - 2013-07-16
In June, Greenpeace released modeling results of an investigation into health impacts from coal power plants in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei. Now we are expanding this work by releasing data for Shandong, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia. Greenpeace has commissioned U.S. air pollution modeling expert Dr. H. Andrew Gray to assess contributions made by coal-fired power plants to PM2.5 pollution in China. Shandong, Inner Mongolia and Shanxi rank as the top three coal consuming provinces in mainland China.

Shandong, Inner Mongolia and Shanxi rank as the top three coal consuming provinces in mainland China. In 2011, these three provinces together consumed 31% of the national total coal consumption, or 1.07 billion tons, which is approximately the same amount of coal used in the U.S for that same year. And emissions of three major air pollutants - SO2, NOx and soot - were respectively 20.9%, 18.71% and 20.75% of the national total. These pollutants are a major source of primary and secondary PM2.5.

Data has revealed that in the first quarter of 2013, PM2.5 concentration levels of Jinan, Yantai city in Shandong province, and Taiyuan city in Shanxi province were more than two times the national standard, at 35 micrograms per cubic meter. PM2.5 concentration levels of Jinan city in the first quarter reached 159 micrograms per cubic meter, which is 4.5 times the national standard.

Negotiations are currently underway in six provinces surrounding Beijing to sign an air pollution control liability statement with the central government. In June, Greenpeace released modeling results of an investigation into health impacts from coal power plants in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei. Now we are expanding this work by releasing data for Shandong, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia.

Greenpeace has commissioned U.S. air pollution modeling expert Dr. H. Andrew Gray to assess contributions made by coal-fired power plants to PM2.5 pollution in China. The modeling covers over 2,000 power plants, out of which 637 are located in Shandong, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia. Of these, 387 plants are in Shandong, 121 plants in Shanxi, and 129 plants in Inner Mongolia.

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The health impacts of coal power plants located in Shandong, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia - Final

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