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Prospective Study, 1990-2020

A brief summary of the proposed effects that will occur from the benefits and costs of the Clean Air Act is given in a report to Congress providing them and the public with information. The important points are as follows:

  • 1. It is expected that the costs to the public and private areas to meet the requirements of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments will continue to rise and be about $65 billion annually by 2020.
  • 2. The value to the economy due to the 1990 Clean Air Act for the year 2020 is expected to be about $2 trillion.
  • 3. The value of the Clean Air Act Amendments far exceeds the cost.
  • 4. Healthier living due to the reduction in particles and ozone will result in lower amounts of adult and infant mortality, bronchitis, heart disease, asthma, emergency room visits, lost school days, and lost work days. The Clean Air Act Amendments implementation will also save on medical expenses.
  • 5. The EPA has projected that there will be an additional prevention of 230,000 early deaths in 2020 because of the Clean Air Act Amendments. (See endnotes 39, 40.)
 
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