Massachusetts air quality required to improve

Massachusetts power plants emitted carbon pollution equivalent to the pollution of 3 million cars, in 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  The Obama administration wants to clear the air for kids. The Obama administration’s “Clean Power Plan” is a key part of the President’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution from coal-burning power plants.

Under the plan, the Environmental Protection Agency will set standards for the entire country for the first time ever. States will have to meet specific carbon emission reduction standards based on individual energy consumption. President Obama wants to take action now to cut carbon pollution and protect children’s health.

22News spoke with one doctor here at Baystate Medical Center who said that particles in the atmosphere that come from chemical reactions or greenhouse gases can cause serious help complications – such as lung disease or asthma – especially for children.

“This new legislation will save lives,” says pediatrician Matthew Sadof of Baystate Medical Center. “The type of air pollution associated with power plants is associated with poor lung growth and poor lung function in children.”

The Mount Tom Coal plant in Holyoke shut down last year. An effort to locate a bio-mass power plant in Springfield is in the courts.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 11% of Massachusetts adults have asthma. Asthma rates have doubled over the last 30 years.

Steve Makos from Chicopee told 22News, “I don’t think there’s ever too late of a time to look at alternatives. Resources like water, whatever they think could be the safest.”

According the President’s announcement, Massachusetts power plants emitted 15 million metric tons of carbon pollution in 2013; equal to the yearly pollution of more than 3 million cars.

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