Washington, D.C., Sept. 20, 2013 — The American Public Health Association announced its strong support for a new standard proposed today by the Environmental Protection Agency that will safeguard the public’s health against the impacts of climate change by limiting carbon emissions from new power plants.
Carbon is a leading contributor to climate change, and power plants are the nation’s largest source of carbon pollution. This new rule will lower levels of carbon emissions from power plants fired from fossil-fuels and reduce threats to public health.
“Climate change poses serious, long-term threats to public health,” said Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA. “EPA’s common-sense standard will limit harmful carbon pollution and strengthen our public health protections for current and future generations, especially our most vulnerable communities, including children, older adults, those with serious health conditions and low-income families.”
“Rising temperatures, more extreme weather events and increased levels of unhealthy air associated with climate change threaten the health of all Americans from the risk of illness and death due to respiratory ailments, heat-related stress and insect-borne diseases,” Benjamin said.
“Thanks to EPA, we will better protect our health and environment against threats related to climate change,” said Benjamin. “We applaud EPA’s leadership in issuing this proposed standard.”
For more on the standard, visit www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards. For more about APHA, visit www.apha.org.