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Coal-burning waste presents 'extraordinary' cancer threat, watchdogs warn

March 8, 2007 - When we consider pollution associated with burning coal for electricity, we typically think about the gases and particulate matter that go up the smokestacks and into the air we breathe. And it's true that air pollution from burning fossil fuels is an enormous problem for the United States, with the process emitting about 17 million tons of pollutants annually, according to federal data.