Lung Association Applauds Senator Bennett for Standing up for the Health of Colorado Families, Urges Senator Gardner to do the Same
(November 18, 2015) - Greenwood Village, CO
Yesterday, in response to the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Congressional Review Act resolutions S.J. Res. 23 and 24, which would permanently block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Clean Power Plan and measures to reduce carbon pollution from future power plants, Tyler Svitak, Director of Air Quality and Transportation of the American Lung Association in Colorado, issued the following statement:
“We are pleased that Senator Bennet voted in favor of protecting families here in Colorado from the public health impacts of power plant carbon pollution and climate change. However, we are disappointed that Senator Gardner voted against these important Clean Air Act safeguards designed to protect our families here in Colorado and nationwide.
“Communities across Colorado are already feeling the effects of air pollution and climate change and cannot afford to lose the health benefits of the Clean Power Plan. This first-ever plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants will prevent up to 3,600 premature deaths and 90,000 asthma attacks every year once fully implemented. The resolutions that passed the Senate today would permanently block EPA from implementing these important public health protections, and would prevent EPA from moving forward with any substantially similar action in the future.
“Senator Bennet’s vote against the Congressional Review Act resolutions shows his commitment to the health of families in Colorado, especially those who are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, including children, those who suffer from asthma, and minority communities. Our families and our children deserve nothing less.”
About the American Lung Association in Colorado
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 the newly redesigned website: Lung.org.
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