Is Preterm Birth Associated with Air Pollution From Oil and Gas Power Plants in California? A Natural Experiment


Location(s): United States


Coal and oil power plant retirements reduce air pollution nearby, but few studies have leveraged these natural experiments for public health research. We used California Department of Public Health birth records and Energy Information Administration data from 2001-2011 to evaluate the relationship between 8 coal and oil power plant retirements and nearby preterm births ( < 37 weeks gestational age).