- July 29 - The Administration’s “Clear Skies” legislation,
introduced today in Congress, will dismantle the Clean Air Act and severely weaken
the nation’s effort to fight air pollution. The plan will not reduce power
plant emissions enough to clear the skies and protect the nation’s health.
In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency’s own analysis shows that the
Clean Air Act will provide greater pollution reductions than those proposed by
the Administration initiative.
Unfortunately, most current EPA activity
is focused on inaction and attempts to avoid implementation of existing clean
air regulations. The Administration’s proposals would delay reaching clean
air goals even further. Indeed, air pollution clean up plans to meet the public
health standards for smog and fine particles issued in 1997 are still years away.
Meanwhile, millions of Americans
continue to breathe dirty air.
The public demands and deserves cleaner
air. This legislation fails to move us forward and Congress should reject it.
The American Lung Association®
has been fighting lung disease for nearly 100 years. With the generous support
of the public and the help of volunteers, we have seen many advances against lung
disease. However, our work is not finished. As we look forward to our second century,
we will continue to strive to make breathing easier for everyone through programs
of education, community service, advocacy, and research. The American Lung Association®'s
activities are supported by donations to Christmas Seals® and other voluntary
contributions. You may obtain additional information via the American Lung Association
National Web site at http://www.lungusa.org.