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Benefits and Costs of the Clean Air Act

Clean Air Act Where You Live

The Clean Air Act is one of the most successful public health programs in American history and, with a return of more than $30 in benefits for every dollar invested in pollution reductions, one of the best investments Americans have made. In 2010 alone, reductions in fine particle and ozone pollution under the Clean Air Act prevented an estimated:

  • 160,000 cases of premature mortality
  • 130,000 heart attacks
  • 86,000 hospital visits
  • 13 million lost work days
  • 1.7 million asthma attacks

This Administration has taken a series of reasonable, common-sense steps under the Clean Air Act many of which are decades over due and issued in response to court orders to reduce emissions of mercury, acid gas, particulate matter, arsenic and other harmful chemicals from some of the biggest polluters in the nation. The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule ensures that hundreds of millions of Americans from the midwest to the East Coast are not forced to breathe air pollution from other states.

State Fact Sheets

For more information about the benefits of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule in your state:

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