The EPA released the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) today protecting the health of millions of Americans. The new rule helps 27 states to lower air pollution and improve air quality for all through the reduction of emissions from coal plants that add to ozone and fine particle pollution.
This new rule replaces the 2005 Clean Air Interstate Rule, which in 2008 a court ordered the EPA to replace.
The EPA estimates that this new rule will keep Americans healthy by preventing:
- up to 34,000 cases of premature mortality
- 15,000 non-fatal heart attacks
- 19,000 hospital and emergency department visits
- 420,000 cases of upper and lower respiratory symptoms
- 400,000 cases of aggravated asthma
This adds up to avoiding 1.8 million days of work or school missed by Americans and saving $280 billion/year! According to EPA Administrator, this rule will prevent 670-1,000 premature deaths by 2014 in Texas alone.
The CSAPR will also:
- Allow families to enjoy the summer without smog.
- Increase visibility in national parks.
- Protect sensitive ecosystems
- More jobs through new construction of pollution controls, according to the EPA
Affects in Texas
“There is no reason why Texas shouldn’t get the benefits of this extraordinary rule like the rest of the country.” –Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator
Texas was one of the states included in this rule, which sets limits for NOx and SO2emissions. While some in the energy industry are complaining that there was not enough time to comment on this rule, according to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson they were given plenty of time and made a number of comments. The pollution controls are widely available and many power plants have already invested in them.
Also, this rule will help Texas, since Texas is affected by ozone from 11 other states! Most major cities in Texas will be out of attainment when the EPA releases its new ozone standards. Click here to see a map! Moreover, Texans are the people most severely impacted by pollution from power plants, so the CSAPR will help us to lower pollution in our state benefiting many across Texas.
For more information go to the EPA’s website at: http://www.epa.gov/airtransport/
Also, next week Texas environmental groups will release new data that details pollution problems at existing coal plants and underscores the importance EPA’s inclusion of Texas in this new Cross State Air Pollution rule.
EPA administrator Lisa Jackson thinks it is a fundamental right for people to be able to breathe clean air and raise their families without the health threats of air pollution. Don’t you agree?
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-Julia Von Alexander, Beyond Coal Intern