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EPA Said To Cut PM Benefits In Final ACE Rule To Reduce Premature Deaths

EPA in its final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) power plant greenhouse gas rule is expected to include a controversial projection of far fewer benefits tied to reductions in particulate matter (PM), according to a news report, a decision that would significantly lower the estimated number of additional premature deaths compared to a calculation in the proposed version of the rule.

California air chief Mary Nichols is reiterating warnings about the adverse impacts of the Trump administration’s proposed rollback of vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards and its preemption of stricter state limits, saying it will force states to take a series of “dramatic” regulatory steps to offset the resulting emissions increases.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is bolstering the state’s proposed fiscal year 2019-20 budget for climate programs by adding almost $100 million for “transformative climate communities,” $130 million for cleaner transportation and calling for a first-time study on how the state can transition to a “carbon-neutral economy” by 2050.

Resources for the Future (RFF) is projecting that six states could see benefits from adopting a power sector cap-and-trade program modeled after the current approach in the Northeast because such a cap would ensure continued greenhouse gas cuts while keeping electricity prices low.