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SEEC Briefing

The Health Impacts of a Clean Power Plan Replacement

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

2:00 – 3:00 PM
441 Cannon


Dear Colleague:

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 to replace the Clean Power
Plan with an option that could produce little to no climate benefits and, evidence suggests, may seriously harm human health.

Reducing carbon pollution from power plants has the potential to limit not only the impacts of climate change, but also asthma attacks and premature deaths caused by air pollutants. 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 it means for EPA’s current actions. Speakers will include:

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

If you have questions or would like to RSVP, please contact SEEC’s Executive Director, Maria Laverdiere (



Rep. Nanette Barragán                                                           Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman
SEEC Member                                                                       SEEC Member                                         


Rep. Doris Matsui                                                                 Rep. Gerald E. Connolly
SEEC Co-Chair                                                                     SEEC Co-Chair


Rep. Paul Tonko                                                                    Rep. Mike Quigley
SEEC Co-Chair                                                                      SEEC Vice-Chair


Rep. Matt Cartwright                                                             Rep. Chellie Pingree
SEEC Vice-Chair                                                                   SEEC Vice-Chair


Rep. Alan Lowenthal                                                              Rep. Jared Polis
SEEC Vice-Chair                                                                    SEEC Vice-Chair                                                        





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