The local air pollution cost of coal storage and handling: Evidence from U.S. power plants

  title={The local air pollution cost of coal storage and handling: Evidence from U.S. power plants},
  author={Akshaya Jha and Nicholas Z. Muller},
  journal={Journal of Environmental Economics and Management},
  • A. Jha, Nicholas Z. Muller
  • Published 1 November 2018
  • Environmental Science
  • Journal of Environmental Economics and Management
Abstract Burning coal is known to have environmental costs; this paper demonstrates that the environmental costs of storing and handling coal are also sizable. We find that a 10% increase in the coal stockpiles held by U.S. power plants results in a 0.09% increase in average PM2.5 concentration levels within 25 miles of these plants. Unlike most sources of variation in local air pollution, coal storage and handling impacts PM2.5 but not other pollutants such as SO2 and NO2. Consequently, using… 
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