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Coal report looks at health effects

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A new report on Kentucky coal by an
environmental group is urging lawmakers to consider the full human
health impacts of mining, burning and disposing of the state's
primary energy source.
The report from the Kentucky Environmental Foundation says coal
negatively affects the health of people who live and work near
mines, power plants and coal waste disposal areas. The report
advocates alternative sources of energy, like solar, wind and
hydroelectric power.
Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Louisville Democrat, has sponsored a
bill that would require utilities to generate a portion of their
power from renewable sources. Marzian says she understands that
Kentucky "is a coal state," and that many state lawmakers may be
reluctant to support policies that seek to move away from coal
production.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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