Public health expert testifies at TVA trial

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- An expert from the Harvard School of Public Health has testified that reducing air pollution from Tennessee Valley Authority plants would save the lives of almost 100 North Carolina residents a year.

Jonathan Levy is an associate professor of environmental health and risk assessment. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports he testified Friday in the lawsuit brought by North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper.

Cooper wants the TVA to cut pollution from its 11 coal-fired power plants in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama.

Levy says if scrubbers and other pollution control technology were in place, North Carolina would see 99 fewer premature deaths annually from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases along with other health improvements.


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