Clean Air Act Has Saved $1.2T, EPA Says

Law360, New York (March 2, 2011, 5:40 PM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that the benefits of the Clean Air Act have outstripped its costs by a staggering $1.2 trillion, with even the most conservative estimates still showing benefits three times greater than costs.

By 2010, the 1990 amendments to the CAA saved about 160,000 lives and $1.2 trillion in costs, according to the report titled "The Benefits and Costs of the Clean Air Act from 1990 to 2020."

About 92 percent of the savings by 2010 were a result of a...
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