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Starting April 8th and ending on April 29th, EPA will post daily blogs to inform and engage the public in an interactive web discussion.  Topics will include an overview of acid rain and its effects, a description of the Acid Rain Program’s cap and trade policy, an explanation of how EPA monitors power plant emissions, and how air and water quality monitoring data are used to measure environmental improvements.

EPA is hosting a month-long online discussion to celebrate the significant progress its Acid Rain Program has made to reduce emissions of harmful pollutants from the electric power industry. Acid rain is particularly damaging to lakes, streams, and forests and the plants and animals that live in these ecosystems. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), the pollutants that form acid rain, have been linked to serious respiratory illnesses and premature death.

Our mission is to improve human health and the environment through the design, operation, and evaluation of “cap and trade” and other programs that cost-effectively lower harmful air emissions and deposition.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Markets Division administers the Acid Rain Program.

*Banner Photo Credit:  Photo was taken by Jason Lynch of EPA’s Clean Air Markets Division