New EPA Schedule Will Protect Public Health and Reduce Carbon Pollution

For Immediate Release

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Suzanne Struglinski, NRDC, sstruglinski@nrdc.org, 202-423-6004

New EPA Schedule Will Protect Public Health and Reduce Carbon Pollution

Timetables Set for Power Plants, Oil Refineries Pollution Standards

WASHINGTON - Timetables announced today
by the Environmental Protection Agency to improve safeguards against
carbon pollution from power plants and oil refineries are a significant
step toward improving public health, according to the Natural Resources
Defense Council.

The agency's timetables are set forth in
settlement agreements that resolve lawsuits brought against EPA by NRDC
and a coalition of states and other environmental organizations. 

The following is a statement by David Doniger, Policy Director, NRDC Climate Center: 

"By setting timetables for issuing standards to
cut dangerous carbon pollution from power plants and oil refineries,
EPA is doing precisely what is needed to protect our health and welfare
and provide businesses certainty at a time when some would prefer to
roll back the clock. The EPA's forthcoming standards will be based on
available and affordable measures to clean up the two industries
responsible for the most pollution that drives climate change. Clear
pollution control standards also will help these industries plan future
investments, fuel the economic recovery, and create jobs."

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The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing.

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