Earlier this year, the EPA announced historic standards to help in limiting carbon and other air pollutants coming out of industrial plants. The Carbon Pollution Standard is the first of its kind nationwide. This standard does not apply to pre-existing coal fired power plants, but will affect newly built ones like the possible neighboring and controversial Surry Coal Plant. In addition to stricter carbon emissions standards, the EPA’s Mercury & Air Toxics Standards recently passed by the U.S Senate also offer an over 90% reduction in harmful selenium, mercury, arsenic, acid gas, and cyanide pollution. The EPA estimates that the MATS Standard will save as many as 11,000 lives and prevent as many as 130,000 asthma attacks among children each year.
The mercury standard is a huge victory for our public health, however the fight for cleaner air and our children’s health still continues. So far, over 2.2 million people across the country have voiced their support for the Carbon Standard – the most in the EPA’s history. From these 2.2 million comments, over 77,000 come from the Commonwealth of Virginia and around 20,000 from Hampton Roads alone.
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