CLF Statement on US Court of Appeals Decision to Uphold EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

Jason Shemenski

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Emily Dahl
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Boston, MA April 15, 2014  In response to today’s decision by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to uphold the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, Conservation Law Foundation issued the following statement:

“Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is delighted that the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has upheld the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) that will bring the emissions from power plants across the United States into line with the life-saving standards that were already in place here in New England,” said Seth Kaplan, CLF Vice President for Policy and Climate Advocacy.

“The rules in Massachusetts and Connecticut in particular have saved thousands of lives and had a tremendous positive impact on the public health. Gina McCarthy, the Administrator of US EPA, was a key part of the effort to clear the air here in New England during her tenure in Massachusetts and Connecticut government, and the nation as a whole will benefit from this new effort that she has spearheaded in DC.  The numbers of lives saved and asthma attacks that will be avoided in states like Kentucky and West Virginia is staggering – but we will also directly benefit here in New England as less toxic air pollution blows in from the West.”

Link to the decision:

http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/284AC47088C07D0985257CBB004F0795/$file/12-1100-1488346.pdf

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