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Water Impacts and Externalities of Coal Power

July 2018

Mining coal and burning it in power stations uses large amounts of water, and pollutes even more water. It imposes massive but uncounted costs on society and particularly on poor people who live in the coal regions. This report from the Life After Coal/Impilo Ngaphandle Kwamalahle campaign calls for these costs to our water resources to be accounted for in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) – South Africa’s plan for the future electricity system.

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