Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. EPA had projected that this critical clean air safeguard would prevent roughly 34,000 premature deaths annually by cutting emissions of smog- and soot-forming pollution from power plants in the central and eastern regions of the country.
Nathan Willcox, Environment America’s Global Warming Program Director, issued the following statement in response:
“Environment America is extremely disappointed with today’s court ruling, as it threatens the lives of thousands of Americans who have lived in the deadly shadow of power plant pollution for far too long. We urge the Obama administration to stand up for Americans’ health and our environment once again by appealing this dangerous decision.”