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New Report Says Environmental Regulation Has Cut Air Pollution Related Deaths In Half

By Koty Neelis

Environmental regulation on air pollution saves lives. Those are the results from a new study conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill published in the Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Journal last week. 

Thanks to things like the Clean Air Act and federal and state regulations on vehicle emissions, deaths related to air pollution exposure in the U.S. decreased by about 47 percent, dropping from about 135,000 deaths in 1990 to 71,000 in 2010. The team of researchers estimate reduced pollution levels saved more than 40,000 lives in 2010 alone. 

“We’ve invested a lot of resources as a society to clean up our air,” Jason West, study co-author and professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the University of North Carolina, said in a release. “This study demonstrates that those changes have had a real impact with fewer people dying each year due to exposure to outdoor air pollution.”