On the Anniversary of Massachusetts v. EPA, Coloradans Can Breathe A Little Easier Thanks to EPA’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Standard
DeGette, Local Groups and Small Businesses Support New Safeguards that Will Hold Industrial Polluters Accountable and Help Protect Colorado Communities’ Health
DENVER - Marking the anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Massachusetts v. EPA, U.S. Representative Diana DeGette (CO-1) Colorado conservation groups, health organizations, and small businesses joined together praising the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and the Obama Administration’s recent proposal to limit industrial carbon pollution from new power plants.
“Every year, power plants dump more than two billion tons of dangerous carbon and other pollutants into the air. This pollution is particularly dangerous for children because it worsens smog pollution, which can trigger asthma attacks and permanently damage or reduce the function of children’s lungs,” said U.S. Representative Diana DeGette (CO-1). “The new standard announced by the Obama Administration and the EPA will establish the first national limits on carbon pollution from new power plants and is a small but important step to move our nation forward in protecting public health, particularly children’s health, from the harmful effects of climate change, including air pollution.”
Five years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Massachusetts v. EPA that the U.S. Government has the authority and ability under the Clean Air Act to control carbon and other pollution which endanger public health and contribute to climate change.
Colorado conservation and health organizations including Colorado Conservation Voters, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, American Lung Association and Environment Colorado joined Rep. DeGette in supporting the new carbon pollution rules, stating the EPA is doing its job under the Clean Air Act.
“The air pollution created by power plants is a significant cause of illness and death in Colorado. Through the enforcement of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and the Power Plant Mercury and Air Toxic Standards, we can make a big improvement in the health of our citizens,” said Curt Huber, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Colorado. “These new standards proposed by the EPA set the framework for our children and future generations to be much less burdened by lung disease and other health problems.”
In addition to strictly limiting industrial carbon pollution and protecting public health, the rules are beneficial to Colorado’s outdoor industry and small businesses.
“The connection Coloradans have with the outdoors and environment is ingrained in all of us. The impact that carbon pollution has on our environment is evident to anyone who works in or enjoys the state’s natural beauty,” said Bill Dvorak, a Colorado sportsman and owner of Dvorak’sRaftingandFishingExpeditions in Nathrop, CO. “These new rules will help preserve Colorado’s wildlife, natural heritage, and the 33,800 jobs from Colorado’s outdoor industry, including my own small business.”
The standards announced today will limit carbon pollution from new power plants. The EPA is also working to develop standards to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants and is expected to issue a draft proposal for existing plants later this year or early next year.