Change to Clean Air Act could save up to 2000 lives in Illinois by 2014
A new clean air standard is now aimed at clearing deadly air pollution in Illinois, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The EPA estimates that provision, known as the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, targets pollution that crosses state borders. Nationally, the standard is predicted to save 34,000 pollution-related deaths.
In Illinois, as many as 2,000 lives will be saved by 2014.
“We applaud the Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama administration for standing up for Illinoisans’ health and our environment by issuing this much-needed clean air standard,” said Catherine Krasner, field organizer at Environment Illinois.
Part of the Clean Air Act, the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, requires reductions in emissions of nitrogen oxides, key pollutants that cause smog, and sulfur dioxide, which commonly causes soot pollution. As of 2011, both chemicals are generated in high amounts from plants in 27 states and the District of Columbia.
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