May 11, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Program Manager, Climate & Clean Energy Advocacy
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
In Another Step to Protect Health & Climate, EPA Releases Proposal to
Reduce Carbon Pollution
[Washington, D.C.] Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a set of proposed rules with the goal of curbing emissions of carbon pollution from new and existing coal and gas plants. According to EPA reports, the proposed standards would avoid over 600 million metric tons of CO2 pollution, which is equivalent to reducing the annual emissions of roughly half the cars in the United States. This proposal, once passed, will improve air quality by cutting harmful pollutants and deliver up to $85 billion in climate and public health benefits over the next two decades.
In response to the announcement Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments Executive Director Katie Huffling, DNP, RN, CNM, FAAN issued the following statement:
“For far too long, dirty power plants have polluted communities across the country, harming our health and fueling the climate crisis. Nurses understand the necessity of stronger federal standards that will protect our health and the health of future generations as well as support the transition to clean renewable energy sources that will promote a healthy climate.
“Nurses are urging the Biden administration to quickly finalize the strongest version of its standards to cut climate pollution from power plants. We look forward to engaging in the proposal process.”
Tune in HERE as Administrator Michael Regan formally announces EPA’s proposed pollution standards for power plants alongside students at the University of Maryland.
The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments is the only national nursing organization focused solely on the intersection of health and the environment. The mission of the Alliance is to promote healthy people and healthy environments by educating and leading the nursing profession, advancing research, incorporating evidence-based practice, and influencing policy.