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E-M:/ Study: Clean Air Rules add five months to U.S. life expectancy


I think this study is a wonderful tool to illustrate the tangible benefits of clean air rules often decried as too costly by opponents……what exactly is the worth of five additional months of your life to spend with your children and grandchildren?

Jan. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Cleaner air added about five months to life expectancy in the U.S. over two decades, according to a study by Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham Young University researchers.

Decreasing pollution from fine air particles by about one- third, or 7 micrograms per cubic meter, was responsible for an almost five-month increase in longevity, data from 51 cities showed. In the cities that cleaned up the most, including Pittsburgh and Buffalo, residents added as much as 10 extra months to their lives, according to the report in tomorrow’s New England Journal of Medicine.








Hugh McDiarmid Jr.

Communications Director

Michigan Environmental Council



"The most effective voice for the environment in Michigan" -- Former Michigan Gov. William G. Milliken