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Potential Human Health Impacts Associated with Retirement of Nuclear Power Plants in Illinois

October 9, 2019
By Respiratory Health Association

Shutting down Illinois nuclear plants could result in unintended harmful health effects and premature deaths from increases in air pollution and higher energy costs.

From the study:

  • [The] loss of zero emission generation from the retirement of four nuclear power plants in Illinois would result in the following cumulative health-related impacts and costs over a ten-year period:  
  • Between 1,200 to almost 2,700 premature deaths;
  • Over 30,000 additional asthma attacks and other respiratory symptoms leading to limited daily activities; • Almost 140,000 work loss days;
  • $10 to $24 billion ($1 to $2.4 billion per year) in monetized damages due to increased air pollution.