Strong Soot Safeguards Needed to Protect Public Health


December 14, 2012

Alyssa Cocchi
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release long-awaited safeguards limiting the amount of fine particulate matter, including soot pollution, that coal plants and other industries can pump into the air. The regulations are projected to save Americans an estimated $88 million in pollution-related health costs, and prevent as many as 35,000 premature deaths a year.

Statement of Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Protecting our kids’ lungs from deadly pollution like soot is the right thing to do. So is switching to a clean energy economy. We applaud the Obama administration for helping us move into a clean energy future.  If we want the next generation to face a healthy, prosperous future, it’s our only choice. The Obama administration is showing strong leadership in creating a healthier future for our kids.

Our transition into a clean energy future must also include solid plans to create new career opportunities for workers and communities who currently rely on the coal industry for good, middle-class union jobs.  That doesn’t mean we should slow our progress towards clean energy, or neglect lifesaving regulations like soot protections. But it does mean we have to work hard to find a way to move forward together.

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