EPA Coal Safeguards Will Protect Air, Save Lives, Fight Climate Change


Contact: Alyssa Ritterstein

Washington, D.C. – Today the Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposal that would limit the amount of greenhouse gas emissions permitted by new power plants. The safeguards would be the first of their kind and would target coal-fired power plants, the biggest single source of manmade climate change pollution in the U.S.  The proposal represents the first major step in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which he rolled out on June 25.

Statement of Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Today’s announcement represents a major step in America’s fight against climate change. We simply can’t tackle climate change without taking on coal pollution.

The EPA’s standards will also protect public health. Coal pollution is linked to an estimated 200,000 asthma attacks, 20,000 heart attacks, and 13,000 premature deaths a year. When over 78 percent of African Americans live within 30 miles of a coal plant, it’s no wonder why asthma rates for Black kids is six times higher than the national average.

Preventing additional pollution from new coal plants will not only fight climate change, it will help prevent needless cases of debilitating, life-threating and costly health conditions—especially for those who can least afford to be sick.

These standards offer a concrete solution to one of the biggest threats facing Americans today. They show that President Obama is serious about protecting our families. We commend the president and the EPA for standing on the right side of history and fighting to keep our communities healthy and safe.

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