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EPA Releases Cost-Benefit Analysis Report of 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments

02 Mar 2011  |   Daniel Jacobs

Tags: Clean Air, Administration

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency released a report examining the economic and health benefits of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, which reduce fine particle and ozone pollution.

The new study finds that EPA safeguards will foster $2 trillion in economic benefits by 2020, while preventing 230,000 premature deaths in the year 2020 alone. In fact, the benefits of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments outweigh the costs by a ratio of 30:1--$2 trillion in benefits to $65 billion in costs.

According to the report, in 2010 the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments prevented:

  • 160,000 cases of premature mortality
  • 130,000 heart attacks
  • 13 million lost work days
  • 1.7 million asthma attacks

Moreover, by 2020, the study forecasts that the 1990 Clean Air Amendments will prevent:

  • 230,000 cases of premature mortality
  • 200,000 heart attacks

The positive effects of air pollution safeguards outlined in this report come to light as House Republican leadership threatens to strip EPA of its ability to protect the air we breathe.

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