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Tis brie akes a closer look a hese uiliies’ lawsuis agains he EPA. Te paperexplains he public healh and economic benes o he rules and uiliy companies’eors o block hem. We also look a how heavily hese companies are spending oconvince lawmakers o block he rules. Te cours and Congress should suppor publichealh proecions and “jus say no” o hese diry eors.
Two clean air rules will prevent up to 45,000 premature deaths annually
Our reliance on coal o generae elecriciy inics huge, hidden healh coss on Americanamilies and he economy. Tese exernaliies come rom he emissions produced whencoal is burned or power. Te emissions conain known human hazards such as mercury,lead, arsenic, acid gases, sulur dioxide, and nirogen oxides. Exposure o or inhalaion o hese conaminans or he smog or acid rain ha hey orm can cause premaure deahs,ashma atacks, birh deecs, learning disabiliies, and oher serious healh problems.Tose on he receiving end o hese polluans bear he healh and economic coss inseado he companies ha generae he elecriciy. TeNaional esearch Councilesimaes ha“[nonclimae] exernal damages rom sulur dioxide, nirogen oxides, and pariculae matercreaed by burning coal a 406 coal-red power plans … [cos] $62 billion” annually.Forunaely,he Clean Air Ac o 1990gives he Environmenal Proecion Agency he ools o proec Americans rom hese deadly air polluans—namely issuing rulesrequiring polluing companies o reduce hem.TeCross-Sae Air Polluion uleis designed o proec downwind saes rom acidrain and smog polluion rom upwind saes. I requires cus in sulur dioxide and niro-gen oxide polluion—he main ingrediens o acid rain and smog. Tis rule will preven
Opposed to cleaner air
Breakdown o companies and organization suing EPA overpollution rules
States and state agencies 36Publicly owned private power companies34Privately owned power companies11Municipally owned power plants and cooperatives11Coal companies (miners, trade associations, and coalitions)16Paper/chemical companies, ood processors, manuacturers5Trade associations and political advocacy groups19
Source: Public Access to Court Electronic Records website