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June 4, 2014

EPA official: Carbon rule will improve air quality

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A top EPA official says the agency’s new plan to target global warming by cutting power plants’ carbon emissions will also significantly improve public health by reducing airborne pollutants.

Acting assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation Janet McCabe says the new rule will cut sulfur dioxide, particulate matter and nitrogen oxide emissions by hundreds of thousands of tons, bringing immediate “health benefits to everybody in the county.”

McCabe spoke today to the Mid-America Regulatory Conference. The group includes utility and energy regulatory officials from 14 states from Texas to Minnesota.

She says the rule announced Monday that’s aimed at cutting power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030 is built on methods states and utilities are already using to cut reliance on coal-fired power.

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