It may not be obvious, but Southern Illinois is one of the most polluted regions in the US.
The health consequences of air pollution are staggering. High instances of asthma, cancer, heart attacks and even diabetes can be linked to air pollution. And chronic diseases not only lead to premature deaths, they are also expensive and hurt the economy of the region.
Coal-fired power plants are a major source of air pollution in Southern Illinois. Increase in production of clean wind and nuclear energy can lead to improved health - and wealth - for people across Southern Illinois.
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