The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the nation’s first-ever carbon pollution standards for existing power plants on June 2, 2014. Scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health, School of Public Health at Boston University, and Syracuse University teamed up on a three-part study to analyze the impact of different policy options for power plant carbon standards on clean air and public health. Results come during the public comment period which is open until December 1, 2014.
Part 2: Health Co-Benefits of Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants
Led by Drs. Joel Schwartz and Jonathan Buonocore, Part 2 was released on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. "Health Co-benefits of Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants" shows that, of the three options analyzed, the carbon standard that is moderately stringent and highly flexible provides the greatest health co-benefits—saving thousands of lives in the U.S. every year from premature death related to air pollution. By contrasting different options the authors also found that the magnitude and extent of the health co-benefits will depend on critical policy decisions in the final standards.