April 17, 2009 / 3:37 PM / 8 years ago

EPA says greenhouse emissions endanger human health

<p>Smoke rises from a chemical company's stacks in a file photo.J.P. Moczulski</p>

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday declared that greenhouse gas emissions like carbon dioxide endanger human health and welfare, clearing the way for possible U.S. regulation.

The EPA said it found that "greenhouse gases in the atmosphere endanger the public health and welfare of current and future generations."

Regulation is not automatically triggered by the finding, the agency said. There will be a 60-day comment period.

Writing and reporting by Deborah Zabarenko and Tom Doggett; editing by Mohammad Zargham

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