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NAACP report gives NC coal plants low grades on environmental justice

In a recent report, the NAACP singled out a few North Carolina coal-fired power plants as among the worst in the country in terms of environmental justice.

The group looked at the 378 coal plants in the United States by combining emissions of pollutants – particularly sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide – the population within three miles of the plants, and the median income and percentage of minorities living nearby.

75 plants were identified as having a "disproportionate and considerable impact on people of color and low-income people."

Four are located in North Carolina, tied for the fifth most of any state.

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