ALA Applauds Obama Administration’s Power Plant Carbon Pollution Standards Proposal

(March 27, 2012)

Albert A. Rizzo, M.D., Chair, Board of Directors of the American Lung Association issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to establish the first national power plant carbon pollution standards.

“Power plant pollution kills and makes people sick.  Enforcing clean air protections, such as the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and the Power Plant Mercury and Air Toxic Standards, will dramatically improve public health.  By proposing standards for carbon pollution from new facilities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is setting the stage for the next generation of America’s power plants to be the least toxic and most modern in the world.” 

“Power plants should not be allowed to emit unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air.  Scientists warn that the buildup of carbon pollution will create warmer temperatures which will increase the risk of unhealthful smog levels.  More smog means more childhood asthma attacks and complications for those with lung disease.”

 “According to a recent bi-partisan survey conducted for the American Lung Association, the voting public strongly supports the EPA’s efforts to update clean air protections. An astounding 72 percent of voters surveyed want the EPA to set limits on power plant carbon pollution.”

“We support the EPA’s carbon pollution standards and will encourage the public to weigh in during the comment period.  We urge the EPA to set final carbon pollution standards before the end of the year.”


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