Today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced an important step in protecting public health from toxic air pollution by proposing Mercury and Toxic Air safeguards.
These important protections act as the first national standards to limit dangerous air pollution from dirty coal and oil-powered plants.
Each year, these EPA safeguards will prevent 17,000 premature deaths, 11,000 heart attacks, 120,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms, and 11,000 cases of acute bronchitis among children.
In response to the EPA's salubrious effort, LCV President Gene Karpinski stated:
"Today is a great day for the health of our children. They have waited long enough to breathe clean air without the threat of inhaling toxic air pollution like mercury from coal-fired power plants and other energy generators. These 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. We commend the Obama Administration for releasing the first-ever national standards for mercury and other toxic air pollution for power plants, and we urge that the final standards be as strong as possible."