Lung Association Applauds Court Decision to Reject Stay on Life-Saving Clean Power Plan
(January 21, 2016) - WASHINGTON, D.C.
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Today, in response to the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to reject attempts by polluting industries and a number of states to stay the implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association (an intervener in the case), issued the following statement:
“The American Lung Association is pleased the D.C. Circuit Court has rejected the request to stay the implementation of the Clean Power Plan as the legal challenges to this critical clean air protection are reviewed. The Lung Association intervened in this case to support the powerful benefits to public health that this Plan provides.
“The Clean Power Plan marks a tremendous step forward in the much-needed cleanup of carbon pollution. Carbon pollution that is driving climate change poses a current and growing threat to lung health and public safety. The Plan provides critical health benefits to our nation’s families, including the prevention of up to 3,600 premature deaths and 90,000 asthma attacks in 2030, as well as the prevention 300,000 missed days of work and school.
“As an intervener in this case, the American Lung Association will continue to defend the Clean Power Plan and urge governors to maximize the public health benefits of the Clean Power Plan as they develop their implementation plans at the state level.”
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.