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South Africa’s 'Deadly Air' Case Highlights Health Risks from Coal

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image Fence line communities near Duvha Power Station, Mpumalanga, South Africa.  © Daylin Paul When you approach the town of Secunda in the coal-rich province of Mpumalanga in eastern South Africa, the toxic smell of air emanating from the cluster of coal-fired power stations hits you long-before before you see the town. I spent last week in Mpumalanga, hearing from residents about the burdens they say result from the coal industry: from asthma and respiratory illnesses to the risk of drowning in unrehabilitated coal mines. The negative health impacts of coal, and air…

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