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Researching Dirty Air's Effect On Health: Are Some Texans Immune?

Dave Fehling

"Air pollution in a can" at UT Health Science Center research lab
Maybe nowhere else is the battle over clean air fought harder than in Texas. The state has tried to block federal air pollution laws saying they stifle economic growth. But just last week, the U.S. Department of Justice filed another law suit to force power plants in northeast Texas to reduce toxic air emissions. We thought it might be a good time to look at the root of why any this matters. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling has the basics on what air pollution can do to people.
“...[P]eople who have heart disease are also at risk for bad air quality. And bad air quality can be associated with an increased risk of heart attacks.”

—Dr. William Calhoun from the University of Texas Medical Branch on Galveston Island

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Dave Fehling

Energy & Environment Reporter for StateImpact

Dave Fehling is KUHF's Energy and Environment Reporter. His reporting is a part of StateImpact, a collaboration with KUT in Austin and NPR...