EPA administrator Lisa Jackson harshly criticized a recent announcement by American Electric Power that new EPA standards designed to curb toxic air pollution and mercury would lead to an increase in electricity rates, and accused AEP of creating a “doomsday” scenario to avoid needed policy.
“While Americans across the country suffer from this pollution, special interests who are trying to gut long-standing public health protections are now going so far as to claim that these pollutants aren't even harmful," said Jackson in a statement. "These myths are being perpetrated by some of the same lobbyists who have in the past testified before Congress about the importance of reducing mercury and particulate matter. Now on behalf of their clients, they're saying the exact opposite."
The proposed EPA standards are expected to prevent 17,000 premature deaths, 11,000 heart attacks and 120,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms.