AEP / Coal / Energy

Study claims AEP emissions responsible for thousands of deaths

COLUMBUS — “The study, commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council, claims air pollution from AEP’s coal-fired power plants is contributing to thousands of deaths and illnesses in states touched by the company’s emissions. Ohio is near the top of the sick list, trailing only Pennsylvania.

The study said AEP-generated pollution contributed to anywhere from 179 to 457 premature deaths in Ohio last year. It also allegedly was a factor in 2,800 asthma attacks, 315 emergency room and hospital admissions and 144,719 days of lost work or reduced activity by Ohio workers.

The Natural Resources Defense Council is among the many environmental groups pressing AEP and federal policy makers to do something about all the air pollution generated by the company’s coal-burning power plants. The council released the report on eve of AEP’s annual meeting Tuesday – the first at which Akins presided as CEO – and prior to his speech on energy prices and the U.S. economy slated for Thursday at a National Chamber Foundation event.”

— Jeff Bell, Columbus Business First

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