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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 29, 2002
4:53 PM
CONTACT:  American Lung Association
1-800-586-4872
Lung Association Urges Congress To Reject White House Clean Air Plan
Weak Bill Introduced Today Would Delay Air Pollution Clean Up
 
WASHINGTON - 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.

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