Web Extra: The health payoff from Tier 4

January 27, 2015 -  By

As part of the story “Tier 4: What you need to know,” published in the January 2015 issue of  LM, here’s the anticipated health benefits of the Tier 4 standards according to the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Transportation and Air Quality (EPA, OTAQ).

The EPA, OTAQ predicts health benefits from the Tier 4 standards will equate to $80 billion annually once all older engines are replaced. In addition, it estimates the regulations will prevent the following circumstances every year by 2030:

  • 12,000 premature deaths;
  • 8,900 hospitalizations;
  • 1 million work days lost;
  • 15,000 heart attacks;
  • 6,000 children’s asthma-related emergency room visits;
  • 280,000 respiratory problems in children
  • 200,000 cases of asthma in children; and
  • 8 million days of restricted adult activity due to respiratory symptoms.

About the Author:

Former Associate Editor Sarah Pfledderer is a West Coast-based contributing editor for Landscape Management.

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