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Transcript of Press Conference Announcing Settlement in United States Et Al vs. American Electric Power
Date:10/9/2007

shown on the chart here to my left. The company has agreed that the total emissions from those plants, emissions that spread well beyond the five states in which the plants are located, that extend eastward to areas such as Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York, those emissions will be subject to enforceable emission caps in the coming years. It has also agreed to install state-of-the-art pollution abatement equipment.

The scale of the resulting environmental benefits is enormous and also can be seen here. When fully implemented this settlement will produce a 77 percent reduction in pollutants, totaling more than 800,000 tons a year. And you can see here the relative scale of 2006 emissions and where those emissions will be in 2019 when this agreement is fully implemented.

The Clean Air Act was passed in 1963 with a goal of saving the air that we breathe. In doing so it sought to slow the degradation of our forests from acid rain, to help us see the beauty of our national parks, the reduce asthma attacks in children and to cut smog in our cities. Today's settlement fulfills the best hopes of the Clean Air Act and provides a demonstrably brighter and cleaner future for our citizens.

This settlement could not have happened without the commitment of all the partners in our coalition, and I want to specifically thank the eight states and the thirteen citizen groups who have joined in this settlement. I wish to commend each of them for their valuable contributions and for their continuing partnership. The settlement provides for environmentally beneficial projects that will be under their control as we move forward.

I also want to commend the men and women of the Department of Justice, specifically of our environmental enforcement section and of our partners at the Environmental Protection Agency, many of whom are here today. Their work was extraordinary. They conducted one trial. They prepared for a follow-on trial that would have be
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