Cleaner Cars Will Help Protect Public Health
Final EPA decision protects lung health of Americans at greatest risk, such as children, older Americans, those living with asthma, COPD
(January 13, 2017) - Chicago, IL
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Statement of Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, in response to today’s final determination from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that the greenhouse gas standards currently in place for model years 2022 to 2025 remain appropriate under the Clean Air Act:
“Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its final determination that the new vehicle standards for 2022 through 2025 are appropriate and automakers can comply with the standards. This critical step moves the nation forward in the fight for healthy air, particularly since vehicles remain one of our largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change and its negative impact on human health. EPA’s decision assures the public that these emissions standards will help protect public health and fight climate change by reducing carbon pollution and other harmful air pollutants, and provide certainty to the auto industry as it plans its future vehicle fleet through 2025.
“Cleaner, more efficient vehicles will help fight climate change and improve the health of all Americans, particularly the most vulnerable, such as older Americans, young children and people living with lung diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).”
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