Strong Support for Soot Standards in Virginia

(January 4, 2013)

Coal Plant 3 - SmallThis month, we achieved a major milestone for healthy air. On Friday, December 14, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized lifesaving new limits on soot into law and volunteers across Virginia helped make it happen.

EPA received 23,000 total public comments on the standards, including many from American Lung Association comment cards signed by Virginia health professionals and online comments signed by our Virginia online advocates.

Local members of the public health and medical communities also weighed in with their support. The Lung Association recruited 655 doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals across the country to sign a letter asking President Obama to set strong new soot standards, and 45 of those signers came from Virginia. Fourteen local and state elected officials and several public health organizations in Virginia also signed or sent their own letters to the White House.

Doctors, people with lung disease, and other Lung Association volunteers helped to create more awareness for this important healthy air issue. Letters to the editor and opinion editorials were published in the Roanoke Times and the Culpeper Star-Exponent. Advocates also made the news as stories were broadcast on radio stations across the Commonwealth in September and December.

All of this helped to ensure that President Obama and the EPA understood that people in Virginia and across the country are on the side of protecting public health from dangerous air pollution.