"Coal Plants Smothering Communities of Color, Report Finds"
"New NAACP analysis pinpoints the disproportionate impact from coal-fired power plants on minorities and the poor."
"Coal plants place a disproportionate burden on poor and largely minority communities, exposing residents to high levels of pollutants that affect public health, according to a new report led by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
The report ranks all 378 coal-fired power plants in the United States according to a plant's impact on the health, economics and environment of nearby communities. People living near coal plants are disproportionately poor and minorities, the report found; the six million people living within three miles of those 378 plants have an average per capita income of $18,400 per year; 39 percent are people of color.
'The message arising from this report is simple: These polluting, life-compromising coal plants must be closed,' the NAACP concluded in its report, Coal Blooded: Putting Profits Before People."Source: Daily Climate, 11/16/2012