Interview with U.S. Senator and Majority Whip Richard Durbin - Page 6
Power plants are responsible for the emission of over 386,000 tons of 84 separate hazardous air pollutants from over 400 sites in 46 states. The pollutants from coal-fired power plants have negative environmental and health effects ranging from causing asthma attacks and acid rain to causing cancer and brain damage. Particulate matter, another harmful bi-product of power plants, can cause cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes, leading to premature death.
To address this issue, the US EPA has enacted new rules requiring coal- and oil-fired plants to adopt the industry’s best practices, installing technological controls that are at least as stringent as the top 12% of similar plants, with even stricter requirements for new plants. These technologies will help cut the emissions on many hazardous air pollutants as well as particulate matter.
We will continue to fight off attempts to weaken environmental protections in the name of economic growth. Most Americans believe that is a false choice and have no interest in seeing our nation move backward on issues as important as clean air and clean water.