American Lung Association Statement Regarding Effort to Protect the Clean Air Act

(April 1, 2011)

(April 1, 2011) - No American should have to breathe toxic air.  The American Lung Association is currently in the midst of a multi-faceted effort to improve the nation’s air quality and prevent Congress from weakening the Clean Air Act, the forty-year-old landmark public health law that last year alone saved more than 160,000 lives.

As part of this effort, the Lung Association recently posted four billboard advertisements in Michigan to urge Representative Fred Upton, Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, to protect our children’s health and to not weaken the Clean Air Act.  The American Lung Association has been urging Rep. Upton to reconsider his anti-clean air agenda. These billboards were not funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as some falsely claim.

The American Lung Association has a long history of implementing educational programs along with other efforts to protect public health.  Through a competitive application process, the Lung Association has received EPA and other federal funded grants in recent years.  However, these funds are restricted to the Lung Association’s expertise and ability to deliver effective programs that combat lung disease, such as helping children prevent asthma attacks.

The EPA fully discloses funding to organizations in its grant database.

For more information, please contact Carrie Martin, cmartin@lungusa.org, (202) 715-3461.