As GOP fights to gut EPA, new report indicates the Clean Air Act has saved millions of lives

Just as the House Energy and Commerce Committee seeks to reduce the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Air Act, a new EPA study concludes that the Act has saved millions of lives.

A report released this week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the benefits of reducing fine particle and ground level ozone pollution under the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments will reach approximately $2 trillion in 2020 while saving 230,000 people from early death in that year alone. The report studied the effects of the Clean Air Act updates on the economy, public health and the environment between 1990 and 2020.

The EPA report received extensive review and input from the Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis, an independent panel of distinguished economists, scientists and public health experts established by Congress in 1991.

“The Clean Air Act’s decades-long track record of success has helped millions of Americans live healthier, safer and more productive lives,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.”This report outlines the extraordinary health and economic benefits of one of our nation’s most transformative environmental laws and demonstrates the power of bipartisan approaches to protecting the health of the American people from pollution in our environment.”

Colorado Rep. Cory Gardner has been among the EPA’s harshest critics.

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