Defending the Clean Air Act - Top Stories

  • Mission Moment - August 2015
    August 26, 2015 - Summer is almost over, but it was anything but “vacation-time” for the Lung Association. We were busy on all fronts in our fight for healthy air and healthy lungs. Here are some of the highlights from the past month, including an important healthy air announcement from the White House!
  • Clean Air Act and Dirty Coal at the Supreme Court
    The New York Times
    March 23, 2015
  • Stronger Ozone Standards Are More Than a Moral and Legal Imperative
    LA Times
    March 17, 2015
  • New Ozone Standards Will Save Lives, Protect Health
    Huffington Post
    March 9, 2015
  • Politics Stymies Curbs on Smog
    USA Today
    January 28, 2015 - For years, doctors have been saying that the nation's standards for ozone pollution, more commonly called smog, aren't strong enough to protect kids, asthmatics, seniors, and many others in communities throughout the nation. Thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks each year are linked to this form of pollution, which is created from the exhaust of power plants, factories, cars, and trucks.
  • Obama Builds Environmental Legacy With 1970 Law
    The New York Times
    December 1, 2014
  • Obama Announces Tougher Air Quality Standards Aimed at Cutting Smog
    CBS News
    November 26, 2014 - The Obama Administration has proposed strengthening air quality standards aimed at reducing asthma and other deadly lung conditions.
  • Sweeping New Controls on Ozone Emissions Introduced
    The New York Times
    November 25, 2014 - A sweeping regulation aimed at smog from power plants and factories across the country would be the latest in a series of Environmental Protection Agency controls on air pollution that wafts from smokestacks and tailpipes.
  • Drastic Drop in California's Cancer-Causing Air Pollution Levels Found
    The Weather Channel
    October 6, 2014 - The average risk of developing air pollution-associated cancer has dropped by more than 50 percent.
  • Smoke-Free Subsidized Housing Could Save Nearly $500 Million
    October 3, 2014
  • New Study: Reducing Power Plant Carbon Emissions Would Reduce Other Pollutants and Save Lives
    October 2, 2014 - According to a new report, strong limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants could improve air quality and prevent an estimated 3,500 premature deaths along with other significant benefits to human health.
  • Breathing Problems to Worsen Due to Climate Change, Study Warns
    September 23, 2014 - A new study warns that rising temperatures and altered weather patterns in the U.S. may soon exacerbate many existing health risks, including people with asthma, COPD and other respiratory problems.
  • Making the Connection – Asthma and Air Quality
    May 5, 2014 - Clean air is an important health concern for all of us. But when you have asthma, air quality indoors and out can make all the difference in the world. Car exhaust, smoke, road dust and factory emissions can make outdoor air dangerous, while tobacco smoke, fragrances, dust, molds, cockroaches, pet dander and household or workplace chemicals are just a few of the indoor hazards. For the nearly 26 million Americans with asthma, including 7 million children, unhealthy air can create a difficult barrier to asthma management. Although asthma can’t be cured, it can be controlled. The Lung Association is here to help you breathe easier by making the connection between air quality - indoor and out - and your asthma.
  • Lucy and Ethel Help Judy Fight for Healthier Air
    March 13, 2014 - Judy Weimer might raise some eyebrows when she says, “Lucy and Ethel gave me a new lease on life.” But she’s not referring to the old, “I Love Lucy” show. “Lucy” and “Ethel” are the names she’s given to the healthy new lungs she received in a double-transplant four years ago. And it’s because of these new lungs that Judy joined other American Lung Association volunteers and advocates to fight for and win the new, life-saving cleaner gasoline and vehicle standards that were just announced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • Air Pollution Causes More Diseases Than Expected
    Science World Report
    January 22, 2014 - It turns out that pollution may be deadlier than expected. Scientists have discovered that air pollution causes a list of injuries and diseases that's far longer than previously thought.
  • Cleaner Gasoline and Vehicle Standards Would Yield Major Health Benefits
    April 4, 2013 - The American Lung Association’s latest report, “A Penny for Prevention: The Case for Cleaner Gasoline and Vehicle Standards” reveals that Americans would see major health benefits and save billions of dollars if the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is able to fully implement the newly proposed standards for cleaner gasoline and cleaner vehicles.
  • New Poll: Public Wants More Protection from Gasoline and Vehicle Emissions
    January 30, 2013 - An overwhelming majority of American voters supports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) setting stricter standards on gasoline and tighter emissions limits for cars, SUVs and trucks to protect public health. That's the takeaway from a new bipartisan national poll conducted for the American Lung Association.
  • The Healthy Air Agenda
    December 27, 2012 - American Lung Association “Healthy Air Agenda” identifies critical steps to protect the air we breathe.
  • New Poll: Public Wants Stricter Soot Standard
    November 29, 2012 - The American Lung Association conducted a nationwide survey to examine voters' views of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) setting stricter soot standards to protect public health.
  • Mom Fights for Kids with Asthma
    August 22, 2012 - Lydia, an American Lung Association Healthy Air Campaign Volunteer, shares asthma’s tragic toll on her family, and how she’s channeled heartbreak into a fight for healthy air.
  • Speak Up Now for Healthy Air
    July 24, 2012 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to set stronger national air quality standards for particle pollution (soot). The American Lung Association needs you to speak up now, and tell EPA that you support strong standards that really protect our health.
  • A Senate Victory and House Setback in Fight for Air
    June 22, 2012 - On June 20, a strong bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate stood up for the health of our children and rejected attempts by big polluters and their allies in Congress to rollback clean air safeguards that protect the public from toxic air pollution.
  • New Standards Bring Cleaner Air to You
    June 20, 2012 - Prompted by legal action by the American Lung Association and others, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally proposed updated clean air standards for particle pollution. Strengthening these standards to levels that the law requires will help prevent thousands of premature deaths in the U.S. each year.
  • How’s the Air Out There?
    April 25, 2012 - American Lung Association’s Annual air quality report shows cities with cleanest and most polluted air. The just-released thirteenth annual State of the Air report finds both big improvements and continuing threats.
  • U.S. News - End of coal power plants? EPA proposes new rules
    April 24, 2012 - The Obama administration has proposed the first-ever standards to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants. While the proposed rules do not dictate which fuels a plant can burn, they would require any new coal plants essentially to halve carbon dioxide emissions to match those of plants fired by natural gas.
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