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The Health Benefits of the Acid Rain Program

2010 April 23

Growing up in the early 1990s, I heard a lot of buzz about acid rain and its damaging effects on our forests and aquatic environments. It wasn’t until I started interning in the Clean Air Markets Divisionof EPA that I began to investigate how sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), the emissions that cause acid rain, could also harm my health.

Since the Acid Rain Program began requiring SO2 and NOx reductions from power plants, the drop in emissions has improved air quality around the country, preventing some negative health impacts and leading to a higher quality of life for many Americans…

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About the author: Elyse Procopio was an intern in EPA’s Office of Atmospheric Programs. She recently graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management.

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  1. April 27, 2010

    I once delivered a set of brand new custom kitchen cabinets and the rain hit them and instantly put black dots on the wood cabinets. If that wasn’t acid rain then I don’t know what is!

    (P.S. The ccabinets had to be taken back to my custom cabinet shop, sanded and refinished)

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