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WATCH: EPA says Clean Power Plan will protect public health

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New carbon standards announced early this month by President Obama in the Clean Power Plan are also intended to improve your health. The regulations aim to bring down the 7,500 deaths per year linked to particle pollution from power plants.

The Environmental Protection Agency calls Climate Change a threat to human health. Judith Enck, EPA administrator for the region that includes New York, says the new standards will make the air easier to breathe for people with repertory illnesses, like the 25 million Americans who live with asthma. “We’re also reducing air pollutants that cause smog and soot by about 25 percent. So, that’ll have some real health benefits to New Yorkers, as well,” says Enck.

Rising global temperatures have also taken a toll on public health. “Nighttime temperatures are staying warmer. Usually it cools down at night, but that’s not happening this summer. So, they’re seeing more hospital admissions in the nighttime hours for people who are struggling with heat,” says Enck.

The non-profit research organization Resources for the Future estimates reductions in carbon could save 35 hundred lives in the country each year by 2020. Another organization, the Clean Air Task Forcepublishes this document that provides information on hospital admissions and heart attacks related to particle pollution from power stations nationwide.

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