Study: New emissions standards would save thousands of lives each year

The New York Times reports that a study led by researchers from Syracuse and Harvard universities found that the Administration’s new emissions standards proposed last year for coal-fired power plants would “substantially improve human health.” According to researchers’ calculations, the changes “could prevent 3,500 premature deaths a year, and more than 1,000 heart attacks and hospitalizations from air-pollution-related illness.”

The Washington Post reports that the study, published in Nature Climate Change, considered different scenarios for implementation of the proposed emissions rule “and found that a robust standard — roughly similar to the one outlined by the EPA when it unveiled its proposal last year — would result in substantial, and rapid, improvements in air quality, along with a sharp drop in deaths from heart attacks and respiratory ailments.”

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