Benefits of EPA Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

Fact sheets of economic and health benefits by state

EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule tightens the limits on the amount of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide pollution that power plants in 28 states in the eastern U.S. are allowed to emit.

That pollution drifts across state borders, contributing to dangerous – and sometimes lethal – levels of particulate and smog pollution in downwind states.

The rule will deliver extensive health protections enabling millions of Americans to live healthier, longer lives. Starting in 2014, each year the rule will:

  • Save up to 34,000 lives
  • Prevent 400,000 asthma attacks
  • Avoid 1.8 million sick days
  • Provide benefits of $120-$280 billion

Cross-State Air Pollution Rule - est. lives saved yearly beginning 2014