||Economic Valuation of Human Health Benefits of Controlling Mercury Emissions from U.S. Coal-Fired Power Plants.
Rice, G. ;
Hammitt, J. K. ;
||Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, Boston, MA. ;NESCAUM, Boston, MA.;Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.
Fossil fuel power plants ;
Health benefits ;
Air pollution control ;
Flue gas ;
Human exposure ;
Benefit cost analysis ;
United States ;
Coal-fired power plants ;
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||This report describes the results of a comprehensive study to estimate the health benefits of reducing mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants in the United States. Reductions in mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants are anticipated to decrease methylmercury concentrations in fish. Fish consumption is the primary pathway of human exposure to methylmercury, which is a human neurotoxicant and possibly a cardiovascular toxicant. Some babies born to U.S. residents, a population sensitive to the neurotoxic effects of methylmercury, are currently exposed to intrauterine methylmercury concentrations above the EPA's Reference Dose (RfD). The RfD is considered by some to be an acceptable level of exposure.
||Prepared in cooperation with NESCAUM, Boston, MA. Sponsored by Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.
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