On the Radio: Clean Power Plan health benefits


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This week’s On the Radio segment looks at the potential health benefits of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

Transcript: Clean Power Plan health benefits

Thousands of lives and billions of dollars could be saved under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently proposed Clean Power Plan.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

According to EPA scientists, as many as 6,000 premature deaths and 3,000 heart attacks are projected to be avoided in 2030 as air quality improves under the Clean Power Plan. Current standards limit the amount of certain pollutants such as arsenic and mercury. However there is no limit on carbon. Carbon emissions contribute to air pollution which presents health risks, particularly for children, elderly, and low-income individuals.

The plan is also projected to reduce as many as 150,000 asthma attacks in children. Moreover, the plan expects a reduction of nearly half a million missed school or work days as well as about 3,000 fewer hospital admissions.

Economically, the plan has public health and climate benefits estimated at up to $93 million per year in 2030.

For more information about the Clear Power Plan, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org

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From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

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