Electric power plant emissions and public health

Am J Nurs. 2008 Feb;108(2):62-70; quiz 71. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000310342.98495.b6.


The generation of electric power is one important source of pollutants such as mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and fine particulate matter that can affect the respiratory, cardiovascular, and central nervous systems and cause pregnancy complications. But protecting people from environmental health hazards has become increasingly complex. Air pollutants are often invisible and travel many miles virtually undetected. Nurses can play a critical role in preventive strategies, as well as in the national debate on energy production and dependence on fossil fuels.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollution / adverse effects*
  • Air Pollution / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Air Pollution / prevention & control
  • Environmental Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Environmental Exposure / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Environmental Exposure / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Nurse's Role*
  • Power Plants / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • United States