Yesterday’s announcement from the EPA that it would set carbon standards for new power plants was a breath of fresh air for us, and this map explains why. Wisconsin has a pretty big circle, which means we’re seeing our share of deaths caused by toxic power plant pollution:
It should be noted that the new rules only apply to future power plants, so we won’t be seeing this circle get any smaller until old coal plants are retired or new rules that apply to existing power plants are implemented. Nonetheless, yesterday’s announcement is an important first step!
-Contributed by Katy Walter with content from the American Lung Association and Grist