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Lung Association Thanks Gov. McAuliffe for Taking Steps to Limit Carbon Pollution from Virginia’s Power Plants

(May 16, 2017) -

In response to today’s Executive Directive from Governor Terry McAuliffe directing the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality, in coordination with the Secretary of Natural Resources, to develop and propose limits on carbon pollution from power plants in Virginia by Dec. 31, 2017, Deborah P. Brown, President and CEO, American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic issued the fPReollowing statement:

“The American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic applauds Governor McAuliffe for taking this important step forward in directing his administration to develop and propose carbon pollution limits for power plants – a major contributor to climate change, which is already taking a toll on the health of Virginians. Climate change leads to warmer temperatures, which increase the risk of dangerous pollution in the air we breathe. Ozone and particle pollution are the most widespread air pollutants—and among the most dangerous. Warmer temperatures makes both of these air pollutants more difficult to clean up.

“Everyone’s health is at risk from air pollution, but some populations are more vulnerable than others. Children, particularly the nearly 159,000 children living with asthma in Virginia, as well as seniors and those living with heart and other lung diseases, are some of the populations who are most vulnerable to the health dangers of air pollution and climate change. Furthermore, low-income individuals – including the more than 900,000 Virginians living in poverty - also often suffer disproportionately from the health effects of air pollution and climate change.

“Carbon pollution from power plants must be addressed in order to protect the health of Virginians and all Americans from the dangers of climate change. The good news is that taking steps to reduce carbon pollution not only decreases contributions to climate change, but also results in the reduction of other harmful pollutants from power plants. Healthier air translates into tangible health benefits, including fewer emergency room visits due to asthma attacks triggered by air pollution. It also means fewer premature deaths from air pollution.

“Thank you, Governor McAuliffe, for your leadership in the fight against carbon pollution from power plants. The American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic looks forward to participating fully in the forthcoming regulatory process to maximize health benefits for all Virginians, especially those most vulnerable to air pollution and climate change.”

For media interested in speaking with an expert about lung health and healthy air, contact the American Lung Association in Virginia Communications Director Ewa Dworakowski by calling 717-541-5864 ext. 130 or emailing [email protected].

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