SEEC Capitol Hill Briefing: The Health Impacts of Repealing and Replacing the Clean Power Plan

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

2:00 – 3:00 PM, Room 441 Cannon

Please join the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) for a discussion about the future of the Clean Power Plan and public health. In its recent Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the EPA signaled that it may replace the Clean Power Plan with an option that could produce little to no climate and clean air benefits and, evidence suggests, may harm human health.

Reducing carbon pollution from power plants has the potential to limit not only the impacts of climate change, but also other air pollutants that cause asthma attacks and premature death. However, a study by researchers at Harvard, Boston, and Syracuse Universities and Resources for the Future found that one policy option for reducing carbon from power plants could actually cause more conventional air pollution and premature deaths than doing nothing. EPA has signaled that this policy option – an “inside the fenceline” approach – is the one they are likely to use if they issue a replacement for the Clean Power Plan. Join us to hear from researchers who conducted this study on the impact of power plant pollution and different types of carbon standards on health and the environment, and learn what the science tells us about current policy options under consideration.

Speakers will include:

  • Kathy Fallon Lambert - Director of the Science Policy Exchange, Harvard Forest, Harvard University
  • Charles T. Driscoll - University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University
  • Jonathan Buonocore - Climate, Energy, and Health Program Leader, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health 
  • Dallas Burtraw - Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future