New EPA Rules Will Limit Power Plant Pollution
Submitted by Elizabeth Mooney on Thu, 2011-12-22 11:32.
The Obama administration on Thursday set the first-ever national standards for a smorgasbord of power plant air pollutants, including mercury, arsenic, lead and dioxins.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates the new regulations -- which are slated to fully take effect in three years -- will prevent as many as 11,000 premature deaths and 4,700 heart attacks a year by 2016.
The new measure will cost the industry $9.6 billion in compliance in 2016; by comparison, the agency projects reducing these emissions will save between $37 billion and $90 billion in 2016 in annual health costs and lost workdays.
The technology required to reduce the emissions is already widely used, in some cases, voluntarily. The new rule would impact around 20 power plants in New York State.
The League of Conservation Voters strongly applauded the new rule, which -- along with improved fuel efficiency and the cross-state rule on ozone and fine particulate matter -- stands as one of the Obama's administration's key environmental achievements.
"These historic new health standards will save lives, prevent illnesses like asthma and bronchitis, avoid hospitalizations and missed days at work, and create jobs in pollution control technology," LCV said in a statement.
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