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Title: Human health effects caused by emissions from coal-fired power plants in the EU
Other Titles: [Gezondheidseffecten door emissies van kolen gestookte elektriteitscentrales in the EU]
Authors: Saaman, Peter
Issue Date: Jun-2012
Publisher: Open Universiteit
Citation: Saaman, P. (2012). Human health effects caused by emissions from coal-fired power plants in the EU. Onderzoek uitgevoerd in opdracht van SOMO, Amsterdam. [Gezondheidseffecten door emissies van kolen gestookte elektriteitscentrales in the EU]. (Unpublished BSc Bachelor's Thesis Environmental Sciences), Open Universiteit, Heerlen, NL.
Abstract: Coal-fired power plants generate emissions such as NOx, SOx, and particle matter. These emissions and their reaction products can cause health damage, to exposed people. This literature study is looking into the question whether one can determine the contribution to health damage of a single coal- fired power plant in the European Union. Models are available to calculate the health impact due to exposure of ozone and particle matter. Two ‘easier’ to use models, the RiskPoll 1.051 and CAFE methodology, are discussed. Both models allow calculation on the basis of publicly available information. As there is a difference in C-R functions, valuation and assumptions, a difference up to a factor 7 was found when comparing the calculated best estimates. The CAFE methodology has preferences, as the CAFE methodology is supported by Directorate General Environment of the EU and kept up to date. The CAFE methodology has a high potential, but needs a decent manual for it use. This manual should include: limitations, the method, uncertainties, source of data and concentration response functions. Only this way the method can become clear and accepted by all stakeholders.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1820/6175
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