The Clean Power Plan

On August 3rd at the White House, President Obama and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy released the final Clean Power Plan.

The Clean Power Plan establishes the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants. We already set limits that protect public health by reducing soot and other toxic emissions. The final Clean Power Plan sets flexible and achievable standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.  Among its many provisions, this plan will:
  • Provide significant public health benefits – The Clean Power Plan, and other policies put in place to drive a cleaner energy sector, will reduce premature deaths from power plant emissions by nearly 90 percent in 2030 compared to 2005 and decrease the pollutants that contribute to the soot and smog and can lead to more asthma attacks in kids by more than 70 percent. The Clean Power Plan will also avoid up to 3,600 premature deaths, lead to 90,000 fewer asthma attacks in children, and prevent 300,000 missed work and school days.
  • Provide Flexibility to States to Choose How to Meet Carbon StandardsEPA’s Clean Power Plan establishes carbon pollution standards for power plants, called carbon dioxide (CO2) emission performance rates. States develop and implement tailored plans to ensure that the power plants in their state meet these standards– individually, together, or in combination with other measures like improvements in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
September 9-10th , NHPHA President Katie Robert will be attending a briefing at the White House from the EPA  and will also visit our national delegation to encourage them to work with the Governor to implement the plan in New Hampshire.

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