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American Public Health Association cheers new clean air standard for power plants

Statement from Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), Executive Director

Washington, D.C., March 27, 2012 — “The American Public Health Association welcomes a new standard for new power plants released today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that will strengthen the Clean Air Act, reduce carbon pollution and protect public health.

“Reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants — the nation’s single largest source of carbon pollution — will help limit the gases that contribute to climate change, which poses serious, long-term health consequences.

“Climate change and rising temperatures expose more Americans to conditions that result in illness and death due to respiratory illness, heat-related stress and insect-borne diseases. These maladies fall most heavily on our most vulnerable communities, including children, older adults, those with serious health conditions and poor people.

“APHA applauds EPA for issuing this new standard and strengthening public health protections under the Clean Air Act.”

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