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Study says coal burning in Utah kills 202 a year

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 19 2010 12:56 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — A study commissioned by Utah state agencies says air pollution kills 202 residents a year.

A group of Utah doctors is citing the report to urge Gov. Gary Herbert to factor in the environmental costs of coal-fired power in a state energy policy..

Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment wants Herbert to embrace the findings of a study commissioned — but not endorsed — by state agencies.

Utah commissioned the study with a $150,000 matching grant from the federal government.

Massachusetts-based Synapse Energy Economics Inc. itemized the health and environmental costs of Utah's reliance on coal-fired power plants.

The report says Utah should replace its most polluting coal plants with wind and solar power and find ways to conserve energy.

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