Defending the Clean Air Act - Press Releases

  • Lung Association Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Mercury and Air Toxics Standards
    June 29, 2015 - In response to the decision announced today by the U.S. Supreme Court to remand the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for Power Plants – a major clean air safeguard that had already begun reducing the emissions of hazardous air pollutants including mercury, lead, arsenic and acid gases – the American Lung Association (an intervener in the case) released the following statement:
  • Statement of the American Lung Association on US Power Plant Carbon Standards and Clean Air and Heath Co-benefits
    May 4, 2015 - A new study published today in Nature Climate Change, “US Power Plant Carbon Standards and Clean Air and Heath Co-benefits,” presents an analysis of how US power plant carbon standards could change fine particle matter and ozone concentrations in ambient air, and the resulting public health co-benefits. Norman H. Edelman, M.D., senior scientific advisor of the American Lung Association, released the following statement.
  • Pediatric Asthma Expert Participates in Presidential Roundtable on Climate Change and Public Health
    April 7, 2015 - Today, as part of National Public Health Week, President Barack Obama attended a roundtable at Howard University along with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral (VADM) Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., and invited guests to discuss the need to address climate change to protect public health. Tyra Bryant-Stephens, M.D., founder and director of the Community Asthma Prevention Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), also active with the American Lung Association, joined the roundtable to share her firsthand experience of the health impacts of environmental factors on her patients with asthma.
  • Statement of Harold Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, on Expected Senate Budget Votes
    March 25, 2015 - Ahead of expected back-to back U.S. Senate votes on amendments to the fiscal year 2016 budget resolution this week, Harold Wimmer, National President & CEO of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement:
  • Lung Association Urges Senate to Reject H.R. 1030 and H.R. 1029
    March 18, 2015 - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1030, a bill that would cripple the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to protect public health based on the best available science. On Tuesday, the House passed H.R. 1029, a bill that would make it easier for representatives of corporations regulated by EPA’s actions to serve on the EPA’s board. Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement in response:
  • U.S. EPA Announces First Standards in a Generation Limiting Toxic Emissions from Wood-burning Devices
    February 4, 2015 - The American Lung Association welcomes new standards for new wood-burning boilers, furnaces and stoves announced today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These new standards are an important step forward to help protect the health of Americans. Wood smoke is a significant source of air pollution that harms human health, especially for people with asthma and other lung diseases.
  • Health Impacts of Carbon Pollution Explained in New American Lung Association Educational Video
    February 3, 2015 - Today, the American Lung Association released a new video to explain the health impacts of carbon pollution and other emissions from coal-fired power plants. The video illustrates how heat-trapping carbon pollution and warming temperatures worsen the risks from other dangerous, even deadly, pollutants in the air including soot and ozone smog.
  • American Lung Association Statement on Obama Administration Methane Announcement
    January 14, 2015 - “We commend the Obama Administration’s commitment to take steps to curb methane air pollution and further reduce volatile organic compound emissions from the oil and gas sector. These pollutants threaten public health and we need strong steps to reduce their burden.
  • New Poll Shows Widespread Bipartisan Support for Stronger Methane Pollution Standards, More Clean Air Protections
    December 10, 2014 - Americans across the country overwhelmingly support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) establishing the first federal limits on methane emissions in the air they breathe, according to new data released today from a nationwide, bipartisan survey conducted for the American Lung Association.
  • Lung Association Welcomes Obama Administration’s Long Overdue Ozone Pollution Proposal, Calls for Greater Protection
    November 26, 2014 - Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to strengthen the current ozone pollution limits to a more protective level in the range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb), down from 75 ppb:
  • New Poll Shows Widespread Support for Stronger Smog Standards
    November 25, 2014 - Americans across the country are overwhelmingly supportive of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposing an update to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone – often known as smog – that would limit the amount of this life-threatening air pollution in the air we breathe, according to new data released today from a nationwide, bipartisan survey conducted by the American Lung Association.
  • Lung Association Says Americans Have a Right to Know When Ozone Pollution Reaches Unhealthy Levels
    August 29, 2014 - In response to the final Policy Assessment released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone, Paul Billings, Senior Vice President of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement:
  • American Lung Association Urges EPA to Heed Letter on Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard in Order to Protect Public Health
    June 27, 2014 - The American Lung Association welcomed the latest letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from EPA’s independent science advisory committee, which confirms that the current ozone national air quality standard fails to protect public health as required by law and should be significantly strengthened.
  • Lung Association Ad Calls on Washington to Stay Strong for Children’s Health, Put an End to Big Polluters’ Unlimited Carbon Pollution
    June 4, 2014 - Today, the American Lung Association launched a television and digital ad touting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed safeguards against carbon pollution from existing power plants and urging Washington to stand up to big polluters to protect public health.
  • American Lung Association Says Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards Would Protect Health of Millions of Americans
    June 2, 2014 - In response to the introduction of first-ever carbon pollution limits for existing power plants, Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association issued the following statement:
  • President Obama Speaks to American Lung Association, Health Organizations and thousands of public health leaders about EPA’s Carbon Pollution Standards Proposal
    June 2, 2014 - Today, President Barack Obama and U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy joined American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer and Kathleen Frey of Ohio whose son has asthma to highlight the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon pollution standards for existing power plants, expected health benefits and opportunities to provide public input. The briefing call reached health professionals and public health advocates and allies.
  • MEDIA ADVISORY - JUNE 2 TELEPHONE BRIEFING
    June 1, 2014 - President Obama will join the American Lung Association for a telephone briefing to health professionals and public health advocates on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon pollution standards for existing power plants, expected health benefits and opportunities to provide public input.
  • President Obama to Join American Lung Association for Telephone Briefing on EPA’s Carbon Pollution Standards Proposal
    May 30, 2014 - On Monday, June 2, 2014 the American Lung Association will host a telephone briefing with President Obama, national health groups, and health professionals from across the country on the EPA’s proposal of carbon pollution limits from existing power plants, expected health benefits, and opportunities to provide public input.
  • National Climate Assessment Highlights the Need to Protect Communities against Health Impacts of Climate Change
    May 6, 2014 - In response to the third National Climate Assessment released by the Obama Administration today, the American Lung Association released the following statement.
  • American Lung Association “State of the Air 2014” Shows Half the U.S. Lives with Unhealthy Air
    April 30, 2014 - Nearly half of all Americans – more than 147 million – live in counties in the U.S. where ozone or particle pollutions levels make the air unhealthy to breathe, according to the American Lung Association’s “State of the Air 2014” report released today. The 15th annual national report card shows that while the nation overall continued to reduce particle pollution, a pollutant recently found to cause lung cancer, poor air quality remains a significant public health concern and a changing climate threatens to make it harder to protect human health. Especially alarming is that levels of ozone (smog), a powerful respiratory irritant and the most widespread air pollutant, were much worse than in the previous year’s report.
  • Lung Association Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Uphold EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
    April 29, 2014 - In response to the decision released today by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule – a commonsense clean air safeguard that follows the “good neighbor” principle established in the Clean Air Act to cut pollution that blows across the borders of 28 eastern states– the American Lung Association (an intervener in the case) released the following statement.
  • America Lung Association to Release "State of the Air 2014" Report
    April 24, 2014 - The American Lung Association is releasing the results of its 15th annual “State of the Air” report, a national air quality “report card” that grades counties and ranks cities across the nation based on their scores for ozone (sometimes called smog), year-round particle pollution (sometimes called soot) and short-term particle pollution levels.
  • Administration Officials, National Health Organizations Join in “Town Hall” with Health Leaders to Highlight Health Impacts of Air Pollution
    April 9, 2014 - Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh, MD, MPH, joined health leaders from the American Lung Association, American Public Health Association and others in a national “town hall” conversation on the human health impacts of air pollution, including carbon pollution from power plants, and climate change. All agreed that the Clean Air Act has driven significant cleanup of major air pollution sources including vehicles and power plants. Yet, we must do more as a nation to protect the public from the continuing dangers of air pollution.
  • American Lung Association Welcomes New Methane Plan
    March 28, 2014 - We commend the Obama Administration for developing a strategy to curb methane air pollution, particularly from the oil and gas sector. Methane is a potent climate forcing pollutant. Scientists warn that methane contributes to climate change and warmer average temperatures. Rising temperatures increase the risk of unhealthful ozone levels, because higher temperatures can enhance the conditions for ozone formation.
  • Lung Association Urges Senate to Reject Latest House Attempt to Block Clean Air Protections
    March 6, 2014 - The American Lung Association is disappointed that the U.S. House of Representatives passed yet another bill that would block critical clean air protections. By a vote of 229 – 183, the House approved H.R. 3826, sponsored by Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY), which would block important new clean air protections limiting carbon pollution from power plants. The American Lung Association strongly urges the U.S. Senate to reject this bill and its companion S. 1905 sponsored by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV).
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