American Lung Association Applauds EPA’s Update to Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
(September 7, 2016) - Washington, DC
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In response to today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize an update to the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule to reduce ozone pollution, Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement:
“Today the EPA announced welcome changes that will allow Americans to breathe a little easier thanks to long-needed updates to the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. This rule reduces dangerous ozone pollution blowing across state lines in the eastern U.S. by cutting emissions of nitrogen oxides from power plants in 22 states. The result will mean significant additional health benefits, particularly for those who live downwind of major polluters.
“Exposure to ozone pollution can have dangerous health impacts, including shortening lives. Breathing ozone irritates the respiratory system; triggers asthma attacks; increases the risk of respiratory infections; and sends too many people, including those with lung diseases, to the hospital or the emergency room.
“The updates to the ozone season program will bring much-needed health benefits, including the annual prevention of more than 67,000 asthma attacks, more than 56,000 days of missed work and school, more than 240 hospital and emergency room visits, and up to 60 premature deaths.
The Lung Association thanks the EPA for continuing to recognize the importance of states being ‘good neighbors’ and further reducing ozone pollution that travels far from its sources and harms public health.”
To schedule an interview with an expert about healthy air and to learn more about air pollution traveling between states, contact the American Lung Association at Media@Lung.org.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.