- February 27 - The following is a statement by John L. Kirkwood,
president and CEO of the American Lung Association:
air pollution legislation, re-introduced today in Congress, will
gut the Clean Air Act and severely weaken U.S. efforts to curb
air pollution. The plan will not reduce power plant emissions
enough to clean the air or protect the nation's health. In fact,
timely enforcement of the current Clean Air Act will provide greater
pollution reductions sooner than the Administration's bill.
the Administration is currently focused on attempts to avoid implementation
of existing clean air regulations. The Administration's proposal,
which would not be fully implemented for more than two decades,
would delay reaching important clean air goals even further. The
plan preempts state authority to aggressively pursue clean air
for their citizens. Indeed, air pollution clean up plans needed
to meet public health standards for smog and fine particles issued
in 1997 are still years away.
millions of Americans -- including millions of children with
lung diseases like asthma -- continue to breathe dirty air.
They deserve cleaner air now. The Administration bill threatens
public health by delaying pollution clean up required by simply
enforcing the current law. It will not move us forward and it
fails to protect public health. Congress should reject it.