Thanks to Dr. Zell McGee for providing the overview of this study.
From the New England Journal of Medicine, 2007, “Long-term Exposure to Air Pollution and Incidence of Cardiovascular Events in Women,” by Miller, KA and Siscovick, DS, et al.
This study examined the health effects of fine particulate pollution (2.5 μm or less in aerodynamic diameter) in 36 U.S. metropolitan areas from 1994 to 1998. Women of an age to be mothers or grandmothers who were exposed to pollution like those that would be generated by Duke’s proposed Cliffside plant were 10 to 12 times more likely than normal to die of heart attacks or strokes (see Fig.1-C, p. 453). Levels of PM2.5 above about 12 μg/cubic meter were associated with an increased risk of a lethal cardiovascular event.