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Health Agencies Update
September 22/29, 2015

EPA Releases Final Clean Power Plan

JAMA. 2015;314(12):1216. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.11076

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released final rules for the Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants by 32% by 2030, relative to 2005 levels that the United States uses for economy-wide greenhouse gas reduction goals under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (http://1.usa.gov/1MAJctw ).

By 2030, the rules are projected to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions from power plants by 90% and nitrogen oxide emissions by 72%. According to estimates and projections from the EPA, the reduction in carbon emissions is expected to be associated with 90 000 fewer asthma attacks, 3600 fewer premature deaths, 1700 fewer myocardial infarctions, and 300 000 fewer missed work and school days annually among people in the United States (http://1.usa.gov/1PkK7vZ). The EPA also released regulations on emissions caps for new, reconstructed, or modified power plants (http://1.usa.gov/1hgvmzh). The emissions caps vary depending on the type of power plant but are all less than 2000 lb/MWh of carbon dioxide gross output.

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