The EPA is issuing new regulations for emissions from power plants, and the American Lung Association knows why. This map shows U.S. deaths caused by toxic power plant emissions. If you live in a state with a big red circle, you should be very very glad about the new rule — Texas in particular should be jumping for joy, if they can manage to stop coughing for five minutes.
The new rule will only apply to new power plants, so this is what the map of toxic emissions looks like for the near future. Eventually we’ll also get laws governing emissions from old coal plants, at which point maybe we’ll see those circles shrink.
Power plant impacts mapped out, American Lung Association.
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