For Immediate Release: June 2, 2014
Trust for Americaís Health Statement on the EPAís Latest Proposed Pollution Standards for Power Plants: A Critical Step for the Nationís Future Health
Washington, DC, June 2 2014 – The following is a statement from Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) on the proposed carbon pollution standards for existing source power plants issued today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“TFAH is pleased that EPA is moving forward with plans to issue carbon pollution standards—which will save lives and improve the quality of life for many Americans—for existing power plants. Thanks partly to climate change and pollution, the nation is already experiencing longer allergy seasons and record temperatures. And, without urgent action to control carbon pollution, communities across the country are at-risk for further negative health effects.
This proposal also marks another critical step in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. It comes on the heels of the recently released National Climate Assessment (NCA), which was the latest in a string of important calls to action to address the serious effects climate change is having on our nation’s health.
From natural disasters (floods, tropical storms and wild fires) to reduced water resources (which can harm farm production) to new insect-based infectious diseases that, previously, were only affiliated with high temperature regions, we continue to see more and more illnesses, injuries and health problems related to extreme weather events, rising temperatures and worsening air quality.
We urge the Administration to finalize this proposal as well as a previously-proposed carbon standard for new power plants in a swift and timely manner.”
Trust for America’s Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority.www.healthyamericans.org